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Tue Nov 4, 2014, 07:25 PM

Guardians of life: The indigenous women fighting oil exploitation in the Amazon

Guardians of life: The indigenous women fighting oil exploitation in the Amazon
Nicole Crowder November 3



On Oct. 12, 2013, a group of nearly 300 women from seven indigenous nationalities marched to Quito, Ecuador, arriving in the capital four days later with their children in their arms, the sharp angles of their faces — young and old — decorated with vegetable ink designs, covered in the same strength and determination with which they began their journey. They were marching to Quito to ask the central government to respect their ancestral lands, to refrain from exploiting the oil that lies beneath his Kawsak Sacha, a living jungle. In November of that same year, a smaller delegation of women peacefully protested during the 11th Oil Licensing Round, an auction of 6 million acres of ancestral indigenous land for oil exploitation. The protests, however, turned sour when oil executive and politicians scolded protesters, and Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa subsequently demanded the closing of the NGO Fundación Pachamama and indicted 10 indigenous leaders on charges of terrorism.

While women have always played an active role in historic marches that marked the struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Ecuador, this was the first walk organized and led by women.

Felipe Jacome’s set of photos Amazon: Guardians of Life documents the struggles of indigenous women defending the Ecuadoran Amazon through portraits combined with the powerful written testimonies. The words across each photograph are a self-reflection of the lives of women, their culture, history and traditions, and especially about the reasons for fighting oil drilling on their ancestral lands. The color designs framing each portrait use the same natural dyes found in face paint to expand on the symbols and designs that reflect their personalities, courage and struggle.

More:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-sight/wp/2014/11/03/3211/indigenous-women-fighting-oil-amazon/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 07:37 PM

1. I hope they stay safe.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 4, 2014, 10:21 PM

2. Indigenous people have had a hell of a hard time since the Europeans stole their homelands

and enslaved, slaughtered, tortured, tormented, abused them every day since.

Progress has been so slow, and so unbearably painful.

They deserve real respect from the sane, decent human beings of this planet who do understand what the hell has happened.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 12:50 AM

3. I know. I only wish that I thought anything would change. Sorry - what is happening tonight in our

election is getting to me. We are not going to be able to even help ourselves let alone stop our corporations from raping the rest of the world.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 04:46 PM

4. It still doesn't seem possible. Couldn't have been done without help from the right-wing Supreme Ct.

Hope to see the day the country will discover you really CAN have too much corruption in government, and demand better.

Looks pretty grim for the moment, but we know there are a lot of very good people out there. They need to get organized.

We NEVER would have believed this possible as school children, not in a million years. The world looked so much cleaner when we didn't know about things!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 05:24 PM

5. Thank you.

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