La Canoa Legacy Talks - The Meaning of Place: Stories of Resilience


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This lecture was part of the La Canoa lecture series presented by UNM's Center for Regional Studies and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Dr. Theodore Jojola, University of New Mexico Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture and Planning, discusses community, identity, and resilience. Since time immemorial, people have attached their identities to the places that they have settled. Community embodies the intersection of people and the natural resources that sustain them. That relationship is expressed by their worldview. A worldview describes the social and spiritual attachment to place. Dr. Jojola draws from these relationships to show examples of how communities have met these challenges. In addition to highlighting New Mexico Indigenous communities that have persevered in time and space, he examines contemporary examples of such place-making as exemplified in the histories of the Albuquerque Indian School and the Bataan Death March.

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