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Panel 1.4: Indigenous Resistance and Responses to COVID-19
Welcome to the panel about Indigenous Resistance and Responses to COVID-19 in the Amazon Basin! This panel brings together videos created by, or in collaboration with, Indigenous leaders and organizations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Its purpose is therefore to bring to the fore the perspective of Indigenous peoples who have been confronting the double threats of extractivism and COVID-19 firsthand. The pandemic has hit the Amazon very hard, with particularly challenging conditions due to weak health care systems and the long distances that communities need to travel to reach emergency services. This only adds up to the continuous (and even enhanced) exploitation of Indigenous territories. But these presentations also show us the different responses that are emerging across the Amazon basin. These are not only connected to Indigenous autonomy and self-determination, but also epitomize the continuation and strengthening of Indigenous cultures.
Below you will find some links to learn more about these initiatives. You can also leave us a comment in the Q&A if you would like to carry on with the conversation!
Oswando Nenquimo, Alianza Ceibo
“Indigenous Khasi Traditional Medicines, Biodiversity, and Climate Crisis”
First Chapter of Docuseries: “Breath of Life in Times of Pandemic: Contagion and Spread”
Collective Research and Production: Lisset Coba Mejía, Ivette Vallejo Real, Marisol Rodríguez Pérez, Natalia Valdivieso Kastner, Celeste Torres Soya, Nathaly Saritama Fernández, Luz Elena Pinzón Sanabria and Renata Mantilla Vásconez.
Women Defenders of the Jungle
Association of Ecuadorian Anthropologists
Sponsor: Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
This panel was organized by Sylvia Cifuentes, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her recent work has explored the connections between Indigenous Politics and COVID-19 in the Amazon Basin.
Q & A
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