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In June 1990, Indigenous peoples shocked Ecuadorian elites with a powerful uprising that paralyzed the country for a week. Militants insisted that the government address Indigenous demands for land ownership, education, and economic development. This uprising was a milestone in the history of Ecuadorandrsquo;s social justice movements, and it inspired popular organizing efforts across Latin America. While the insurrection seemed to come out of nowhere, Marc Becker demonstrates that it emerged out of years of organizing and developing strategies to advance Indigenous rights. In this richly documented account, he chronicles a long history of Indigenous political activism in Ecuador, from the creation of the first local agricultural syndicates in the 1920s through the galvanizing protests of 1990. In so doing, he reveals the central role of women in Indigenous movements and the history of productive collaborations between rural Indigenous activists and urban leftist intellectuals.

Becker explains how rural laborers and urban activists worked together in Ecuador, merging ethnic and class-based struggles for social justice. Socialists were often the first to defend Indigenous languages, cultures, and social organizations. They introduced rural activists to new tactics, including demonstrations and strikes. Drawing on leftist influences, Indigenous peoples became adept at reacting to immediate, local forms of exploitation while at the same time addressing broader underlying structural inequities. Through an examination of strike activity in the 1930s, the establishment of a national-level Ecuadorian Federation of Indians in 1944, and agitation for agrarian reform in the 1960s, Becker shows that the history of Indigenous mobilizations in Ecuador is longer and deeper than many contemporary observers have recognized.

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Gives historical background to late 20th century activism of Ecuador’s Native peoples, highlighting women’s role and the importance of cross-fertilization between class-based movements and ones based on race, ethnicity and identity.

About the Author

Marc Becker is Associate Professor of History at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He is the author of Mariandaacute;tegui and Latin American Marxist Theory and a co-editor of Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chronology xiii

Acronyms xxiii

1. What Is an Indian? 1

2. Socialism 17

3. Strike! 50

4. Federacion Ecuatoriana de Indios 77

5. Guachala 105

6. Agrarian ReforM? 123

7. Return of the Indian 144

8. Pachakutik 166

Notes 195

Glossary 251

Biographies 255

Bibliography 261

Index 293

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822342793
Author:
Becker, Marc
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Sald&iacute
Author:
Silverblatt, Irene
Author:
Becker, Marc
Author:
var-Hull, Sonia
Author:
Sonia Sald&iacute
Author:
Mignolo, Walter D.
Author:
var-Hull
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Indians of south america
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Indians of South America -- Ecuador.
Subject:
South America
Subject:
World History-South America
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 b&w photos, 1 map
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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