• Meet the First Generation of Awasqa Youth Scholars

    Meet the First Generation of Awasqa Youth Scholars

    It is with great joy that we want to introduce the first eight young Awasqa Youth Scholarship recipients! The main objective of the Awasqa Youth Scholarship is to create networks across Latin America and to give visibility to the work of Black and indigenous youth who are leading in the fields of community journalism, communication…

  • Los peligros del incremento de la minería “verde” en América para la transición energética del norte

    The dangers of more “green” mining in the Americas for the energy transition in the North

    SOURCE: Red Muqui. Translated by: Andrea Pisera The myths of “green,” “sustainable” and “climate smart” mining are gaining traction across the world. Companies are marketing these mines as “green,” and present them as the solution to the climate crisis in order to attract investors. They promote Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) criteria, and the…

  • Rural Society vs. Guardians of the Mapuche Ancestral Territory

    FROM THE EDITORS: In Puelmapu, Argentine Patagonia, Gloria Colihueque Catriman and her mother Isabel, almost 80 years old, both Mapuches, are facing dispossession by two mining and forestry extractivist entrepreneurs. Gloria is on trial for defending the land where they have lived for the past 22 years, which is also Mapuche’s ancestral territory. If found…

  • Mapuche Weychafe Moira Millán Speaks Out Against Racism, Terricide

    FROM THE EDITORS: On March 14, 2021, a group of indigenous women in Patagonia left for Buenos Aires to launch a campaign to call for the typification of “terricide” as a crime against humanity. Moira Millán, Mapuche Weychafe, who organized this action, shares with us her reasons and feelings behind the need to walk close…

  • Indigenous Women Walk More Than 1000 Miles to Protect Mother Earth

    The Movimiento de Mujeres Indígenas por el Buen Vivir [Indigenous Women Movement for “Well-Being”] have been walking in the Southern Cone since March 14 to defend Mother Earth. Traveling north for 1200 kilometers (746 miles) and south for 1900 kilometers (1180 miles), women representing 36 indigenous nations in Argentina organized to walk across the country…

  • Internet indígena. Foto: Rhizomatica

    Solutions for Internet Access in Isolated Regions

    Native communities have depended on their economic capacity to solve their communication services. Historically, there is a global attention deficit in this regard, for example, according to World Bank data, indigenous peoples “have less than half the access to cellular telephony than non-indigenous peoples,” and “between four and six times less internet access than non-indigenous…

  • COVID-19 Questions Our Civilization Model

    SOURCE: Bajo el Mismo Sol, Radio Nacional Córdoba, Argentina. Interview with Horacio Machado Aráoz, PhD in human sciences, Conicet researcher with the Ecología Política del Sur team. Transcript translated into English by Awasqa. HORACIO: It is a pleasant surprise for you to call me on this topic. FABIANA: Did you expect me to invite a…

    Argentina: The Rebellion of Native Flowers

    On October 9, an initiative of Self-Convened Women from 13 nations from Argentina, decided to request a hearing with the Minister of the Interior, to propose an agenda of demands, in defense of water, against extractive and development projects in indigenous territory. When they were not received, they decided to wait there, until they were…

    Mapuche Songwriter Shares Her Art as a Tool for Native Resilience

    Interview Carina Carriqueo, Mapuche singer from Argentina, by Awasqa, August 2019 Because there is something else which we do not consider and sometimes we forget, is that we are making history. Each one of us is making history, and behind us, on this path that we are marking, on this path, there are children, and…