Guided by the indigenous people of Ecuador’s Sucumbíos province, which has been hit by oil exploitation, Waorani people from Pastaza province joined a “Toxic Tour” to learn how contamination has affected other communities in the Amazon.Faced with the possible concession of their territory for oil activities, the Waorani community in Pastaza province is preparing to defend itself using a strategy they call “spear and law.”“What I tell them is to be firm, to take care of their territory, because it’s like an inheritance that our ancestors have left us and I believe that it’s mandatory for us to defend it,” says one woman from an area already heavily affected by oil drilling. SUCUMBÍOS PROVINCE, Ecuador — “The land is dead,” says Camilo Pauche as he surveys with consternation the devastation that the oil industry has left in Pacayacu, a village in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Camilo, an inhabitant of virgin forest, is part of a delegation of Waorani indigenous people visiting from Pastaza province to participate in an activity normally reserved for foreigners, academics and journalists: the “Toxic Tour.” Camilo closes his eyes and for an instant he can feel the jungle breeze blowing, animals bustling in the distance, against the shadows of majestic trees connected to each other by vines. But then a starker, harsher panorama emerges: bushes stripped of greenery, smoky chimneys, pits full of oil waste, oily bodies of water, weeds, and dead land that doesn’t bear fruit. This is the reality that members of the Siekopai, Siona and A’i Kofan indigenous groups now have to live with here in Sucumbíos province .