- Often in articles about indigenous struggles or resistance, there is a need to write about communities as being victims of the extractive sector, or warriors fighting to defend their territory. I’ve been writing about indigenous resistance in Ecuador for about three years, and I’ve often fallen into the same dynamic.
- In my case, I seek out the warriors. But what if the news media allowed indigenous people to be whole and multifaceted?
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Don Lizardo was sitting in his hammock, rocking gently back and forth, as he told us heartbreaking stories about working in haciendas when he was younger. We were sitting in his living room, in the house that he built with his own hands, in the indigenous Kichwa community of Llanchama in the middle of Ecuador’s…