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Small but Mighty: Struggles and Achievements of the Sarayaku

  November 7, 2017

The Sarayaku people, a small indigenous community in eastern Ecuador, are rarely in the news. They live near the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. But twice in the past several years, they have grabbed the attention of Ecuadorian national media in small, but important ways.

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“Violence was the concept in dispute”

  October 26, 2017

Reframed Stories asks people to respond to dominant themes in news coverage about themselves and the issues that affect them. The stories center on the reflections of persons who are more often represented by others than by themselves in media.  Apawki Castro is the elected leader of communications for the Confederation...

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“Media is just interested in covering conflict and blood”

  October 13, 2017

Media is more interested in covering just struggles, conflict, and blood, and it does not care about other topics that are also important to us. In Sarayaku, we are devoting a lot of effort to the promotion of the Kawsay Sacha, our proposal for a way of life that invites to a peaceful coexistence with the environment, with one self and with others.

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In the Depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Digital Communications Aid the Process of Self-Determination

  July 22, 2017

Residing within the southern part of Ecuador’s Amazon region, the approximately 1,200-strong Kichwa community of Sarayaku have drawn international attention for their battles over land and indigenous rights—battles that have relied on worldwide support. Since 1996, when the Ecuadorian government gave concessions for exploration and extraction to corporations without consultation...