Oil indigenous epistemologies and social justice at extractive frontiers.

Authors: María Belén Noroña*, Geography Department
Topics: Indigenous Peoples, Latin America, Resources
Keywords: indigenous epistemologies, land, territory, oil extraction
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Washington 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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With the latest wave of oil development that has taken place in the Amazon of Ecuador, state led oil compensations and modernization have created the conditions for new ways of violence in areas considered peripheral rain forest. I will illustrate some female indigenous mythical ontologies collected in block oil 15, where oil related violence is seen as a set of more than human relations. These mythical ontologies and epistemologies become spaces of resistance and spaces for conflict resolution that need to be taken seriously by policy makers and academia. Its analysis opens space for a conversation on the nature of state interventions and small-scale land dispossession based on the erasure of indigenous subjectivity and the erasure indigenous ways of life using colonial and settler colonial strategies.

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