Michael Cepek's A Future for Amazonia: Randy Borman and Cofán Environmental PDF

By Michael Cepek

Blending ethnography with a desirable own tale, A destiny for Amazonia is an account of a political circulation that arose within the early Nineties according to many years of assaults at the lands and peoples of jap Ecuador, one of many world's so much culturally and biologically different areas. After generations of wreck by the hands of colonizing farmers, transnational oil businesses, and Colombian armed factions, the indigenous Cofán humans and their rain wooded area territory confronted coming near near jeopardy. In a stunning flip of occasions, the Cofán selected Randy Borman, a guy of Euro-American descent, to steer their efforts to beat the predicament that faced them.

Drawing on 3 years of ethnographic examine, A destiny for Amazonia starts by means of tracing the contours of Cofán society and Borman's position inside of it. Borman, a blue-eyed, white-skinned baby of North American missionary-linguists, was once raised in a Cofán group and steadily got here to proportion the identification of his adoptive country. He turned an international media phenomenon and solid artistic partnerships among Cofán groups, conservationist organisations, Western scientists, and the Ecuadorian kingdom. the end result was once a collective mobilization that remodeled the Cofán kingdom in unparalleled methods, offering them with political strength, clinical services, and a brand new function as formidable caretakers of a couple of million acres of woodland. hard simplistic notions of identification, indigeneity, and inevitable ecological destruction, A destiny for Amazonia charts an inspiring direction for environmental politics within the twenty-first century.

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