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Paige West
Paige West
Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University
Riding Surfing's Economic Wave
Riding Surfing's Economic Wave
Surfing is not all about riding waves, it is an ancient tradition used by indigenous Pacific Island societies for social and territorial reasons. In this talk Paige explores how Australian and American youth took up the practice and transformed it to the twentieth century sport it is today: a cultural movement that effects the depth of cultural and economic development in the very places from which it emerged.
Pouring Ribbons (Age 21+)
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Bio
Paige West is the Chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Ecology and Culture, whose research focuses on links between conservation and international development. Since the mid 1990s, she has worked with Papua New Guinea's indigenous peoples in order to understand their traditions as they relate to biodiversity, and to help them conserve their cultures, languages, and environment. West is the author of four books on this topic, as well as the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from organizations such as the American Association of Anthropologists. In addition to her academic work, Weat is the co-founder of the PNG Institute of Biological Research, a small NGO dedicated to building academic opportunities for research among Papua New Guineans.