Indigenous Peoples & Pandemics Conference Day 1



9:00-9:30  Registration. 1st Floor, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

9:30-9:45  Welcome – Svenn-Erik Mamelund. Kavli Hall

9:45-10:45  Keynote lecture (Dr. Malcolm King), “Indigenous peoples and pandemics: Historical and current perspectives from Turtle Island”. Kavli Hall

10:45-11:00  Break

11:00-11:45 Contributed Session I – Infectious disease epidemics in historical indigenous groups I, Kavli Hall

  • 11:00-11:15 ‘An apocalyptic angel’: Shifting patterns of endless disease and death in the Sault Ste. Marie borderlands, 1783-1883 – Karl S Hele
  • 11:15-11:30 Influenza in Greenland, 1914-1921: untold stories and diverging patterns -- Mathias Mølbak Ingholt, Lone Simonsen, and Maarten van Wijhe
  • 11:30-11:45 Age-specific mortality as a result of isolation in the 1918-20 influenza pandemic: The ‘Spanish’ flu in Kautokeino and Karasjok, Norway – Ingrid Hellem Nygard, Hilde Leikny Sommerseth, Gerardo Chowell, Sushma Dahal, and Svenn-Erik Mamelund)

11:45-13:15 Lunch. Dining room, 1st floor, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

13:15-14:00 Contributed Session II – Infectious disease epidemics in historical indigenous groups II, Kavli Hall

  • 13:15-13:30 Social distancing in the age of assimilation: The influenza of 1918-1920 in Indian Country – Mikaëla M Adams
  • 13:30-13:45 The 1918 influenza pandemic among indigenous groups in Alaska: Preliminary results – Amanda Wissler and Lisa Sattenspiel
  • 13:45-14:00 A demographic comparison of deaths by indigenous status during the 1918 influenza pandemic in Alaska – Emma Tinker-Fortel and Lisa Sattenspiel

14:00-14:15  Break

14:15-15:00 Contributed Session III – Student characteristics during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kavli Hall

  • 14:15-14:30 Investigating attitudes and behaviors of university students towards the COVID-19 pandemic in a predominantly Indigenous population in Mexico: A survey study – Elienai Joaquin Damas, Sushma Dahal, Ana Gloria Rivera Aguilar, Juana Garcia Morales, Lisa Sattenspiel, Svenn-Erik Mamelund, and Gerardo Chowell
  • 14:30-14:45 Intercultural universities in Mexico and COVID-19: Learning at a distance and from below –Guillermo López Verela and Maria Manzano-Munguía
  • 14:45-15:00 Returning to school during Dikos Ntsaaigii (COVID-19): Effects of the pandemic on Diné (Navajo) student learning and mental health – Joshuaa Allison-Burbank

15:00-15:15  Break

15:15-16:00 Contributed Session IV – Communication about health interventions and education, Kavli Hall

  • 15:15-15:30 Global perspectives of Indigenous wellness, and Wabanaki narratives of community-teachings during COVID-19 pandemic – Juan C Rodriguez
  • 15:30-15:45 Indigenous knowledge to curb COVID-19 in India: Collective participation and cultural transmission through social media – Nandini Tank
  • 15:45-16:00 Theatre-for-Development as additional information panacea on rural dwellers in Nigeria during a pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19 – Charles Okwuowulu, Ameh Dennis Akoh, Osakue Stevenson Omoera, Casmir Onyemuchara, Charles Emokpae, Christopher Akpa, and Michael Chinda

16:00-17:00  Concert, Karl Seglem Band, 1st floor Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

17:00 –   Conference Dinner, Dining Room, 1st floor Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters


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