• 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…

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    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…

  • Photo: Ariadna Solís

    A Zapotec Reflection on Freedom: Mom, How Do You Allow Yourself to Do What You Desire?

    FROM THE EDITORS: Freedom is a concept used in multiple ways to limit, cancel, or break community processes, especially those related to indigenous peoples. That is what the editors of Tzam: Las Trece Semillas Zapatistas try to answer this month by presenting a series of essays that explore freedom from an indigenous viewpoint. According to…

  • Tosenyot: Democracy Is Unity and a Deep Commitment for Community

    FROM THE EDITORS: What is democracy when you go beyond what we were taught in school, as a “system of government” or an ideology? That is what the editors of Tzam: Las Trece Semillas Zapatistas try to answer this month by presenting a series of essays that explore democracy from an indigenous viewpoint: “For a long time, the…

  • To Migrate Is To Resist Colonialism

    Source: Originally Published by Revista Amazonas Translated by Awasqa Interview with Amarela Varela Huerta and Soledad Álvarez Velasco This text stems from an interview with Soledad Alvarez Velasco (Ecuadorian) and Amarela Varela Huerta (Mexican) Their words show a common sisterly fabric, an intellectual, feminist, transnational friendship and, above all, their activism for a dignified and…

  • Community meeting and informational session on the impacts of the two dams

    Bolivia: The Hostile Takeover of Indigenous Organizations

    On January 11, Mongabay reported on the pernicious impacts that El Chepete-Balas massive hydroelectric project would have on more than 5,000 indigenous people and the biosphere of the Madidi National Park and Pilón Lajas Reserve. The construction of two dams on Beni River’s Chepete Gorge and El Bala Gorge, respectively, is a project that dates…

  • No more Oil Spills Photo: Iván Castaneira

    Ecuador: Two Executive Orders Threatening the Amazon

    FUENTE: Publicado originalmente por la revista digital ecuatoriana GK La política petrolera y minera del gobierno ecuatoriano sigue afectando a las poblaciones indígenas, y están en contra de todas las recomendaciones para mitigar el cambio climático. Las políticas minera y petrolera del presidente Guillermo Lasso han sido rechazadas por organizaciones y nacionalidades indígenas. En octubre…

  • IIK'NAJ foto: Haizel De la Cruz

    The Subtle Etymology of the Mayan Language

    The first rain of the season has just fallen in the community. Five days had passed since they had finished doing the meeyjul Yuum iik‘[1] known as Ch’a’acháak.[2] The farmers could not help but smile as they looked at each other. The women looked as though they were watching someone in their kitchen revealing a…

  • Court in Mexico Blocks Federal Mandate that Declared Infrastructure Projects of “Public Interest” and “National Security”

    FROM THE EDITORS: In Mexico, as in many neoliberal and authoritarian governments, the discourse of national security has been used again and again as a pretext for developmentalist extractivist projects. The National Indigenous Congress has launched a national campaign to promote legal resources for the protection of indigenous communities, which is finally beginning to show…

  • Peru Mining Breaks the Environmental Balance in Fishing Harbor

    FROM THE EDITORS: The mining project in Puerto Huarmey, located in the Ancash Region of Peru, has profoundly impacted the life of fishermen, indigenous, and peasants who still inhabit the region. Local residents have been protesting the bay’s pollution and the rupture of ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend. Now Red Muqui has found documentation…