Kichwa Indigenous Planning and Participatory Mapping: Decolonization Process in Ecuadorian Planning

Topics: Latin America, Indigenous Peoples, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Indigenous Planning, Participatory Mapping, Amazonian Kichwa, Ecuador, Indigenous Geography.
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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My paper explores the contributions of Insurgent Planning and Participatory Mapping, theory and practice, focusing on the debates around the project of decolonization in Planning. I mainly analyze the ways in which the Amazonian Kichwa construct and experience their land and political representation through Indigenous Planning and Participatory Mapping. Drawing in these processes, the case of the Amazonian Kichwa from San Jacinto Commune illustrates how the geospatial technologies and multiple literacies, used in an informed and democratic way may challenge and deconstruct the colonial heritage of planning and cartography. I argue that the Amazonian Kichwa Planning and the synergies that share with the Kichwa ways of mapping shape their Kichwa geographies and forms of governance, resisting traditional state planning praxis. Indigenous Planning and Participatory Mapping, based on indigenous decolonial thinking, challenge the rational schemes, patriarchal goals, and colonial roots that Western planning embraces using mainstream cartographic procedures. Seeing my previous professional experience in retrospective and linking it with my current academic formation, I call for embracing different participatory methods of planning and mapping to generate spaces of active participation, where indigenous people may control their knowledge and thus balance the unequal relations of power between the seekers, holders, and users of indigenous knowledge.

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