Chasing Two Rabbits
Hunter-Gatherer Education in the 21st Century
The group explores indigenous hunter-gatherer societies in the 21st century, and how marginalized communities can drive solutions to the challenges they face. The identity of the Baka of Cameroon is deeply tied to the disappearing forest. Marginalized by society, they lack literacy and the language skills to defend their rights. Today, Baka children must “chase two rabbits at once”: learn survival in the forest, and receive formal schooling. The presenter recounts 10 years of firsthand experience working with Baka communities to bring both “rabbits” within children’s reach, and touches on child development, anthropology, and social justice. Photos, video, and everyday artifacts will be used. Ann Arbor native Sarah Strader (nee Tucker) got her B.A. from Georgetown University in 2011. In 2011-12 she had a Fullbright fellowship to live and research in remote Baka villages. In 2012 Chasing Two Rabbits was created and as a 2019 Echoing Green fellow, Sarah continues her work among the Baka to expand the reach of Two Rabbits.
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