Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Environmental Studies Program
Dan Spencer, Matthew Frank, Kimber McKay
Ecuador, recreation, rights of nature, indigenous rights, localness, outsiders
University of Montana
Between Rivers is an exploration of the role of the outsider in international watershed conservation. Through extended personal narrative and analysis of current events, ethnographic texts, and sociopolitical history, this thesis considers questions related to responsibility in conservation. The narrative focuses on Ecuador’s Jondachi Fest, a case study in international collaboration and celebration of an ecologically key river system. Grassroots celebrations and river festivals are sprouting up on endangered rivers all across South America. In this thesis, the author examines her own experience as an outsider working to facilitate one such festival – the challenges, shortcomings, relationships, and victories – and the sweeping, undeniably ubiquitous role of the river in her life.
Brown, Chandra M., "Between Rivers: Reflections on home, obligation, and otherness from a confluence of conservation and connectivity" (2016). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 10658.
© Copyright 2016 Chandra M. Brown