(Latin Pulse:) They are communities long neglected and forgotten. Indigenous people all across Latin America are demanding equal treatment and equal rights; resentment has been brewing for five hundred years, but now, the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way as indigenous people take a more active role in politics and the economy in some countries. Is this the beginning of a silent revolution, or another chapter in the book of human rights?
Hay comunidades que han sido relegadas y olvidadas por largo tiempo. Las comunidades indígenas en toda Latino America están pidiendo una igualdad de tratamiento y derechos. Resentimiento se ha acumulado por 500 años y parece que ahora el péndulo esta moviéndose hacia el otro lado, los indígenas están tomando un rol más activo en la política y la economía en algunos países de la región. ¿Es este el principio de una revolución silenciosa o un capitulo más en los anales de los Derechos Humanos?
Guillermo Delgado-P. Ph.D, Lecturer Latin American and Latino Studies, UCSC
Guillermo holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology (UT-Austin). He has taught in the Latin American & Latino Studies Department (UCSC) since 1989. He is founder-editor of the on-line journal: www.bolivianstudies.org and author (w S. Varese and R. Meyer) of: "Indigenous Anthropologies, Beyond Barbados," IN: D. Poole, The Companion to Latin American Anthropology 2008; "The Making of a Transnational Movement." IN: Vijay Prashad and Teo Ballvé (eds.) Dispatches from Latinoamerica (2006); "First Peoples/African-American Connections (w. John Brown Childs) IN: Joanne Barker (ed.) Sovereignty Matters. Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination." (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005. "Bolivian Social Movements of the First Lustrum" (2005). "Una aproximación filológica para entender las luchas por la autonomía áylluica". En: E.W. Alderete, S. Varese, Delgado-P., (eds). Conocimiento Indígena y Globalización. Quito: Abya Yala, 2005. He co-edited with John M. Schechter, the volume: Quechua Verbal Artistry. The Inscription of Andean Voices/Arte Verbal Quechua. La Inscripción de voces Andinas. (Bonn, 2004). He is co-editor with Josefa Salmón of: Identidad, Ciudadanía y Participación Popular desde la Colonia al Siglo XX. Estudios Bolivianos Vol 1. La Paz: PLURAL, 2003
Trevor is originally from the Wind River Indian Reservation of Wyoming. He holds a masters degree in International Development, Community, and Environment from Clark University, and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies, Sociocultural Psychology, and Latin American Studies from Bates College. Trevor has worked within indigenous movements in Latin America, primarily in Amazonia, for nearly a decade. He has extensive experience in participatory community planning and project design with indigenous communities, and has worked with local governments, indigenous federations, and NGOs in the Amazonia. He now serves as the Executive Co-Director of the Amazon Alliance together with Juan Carlos Jintiach, and is particularly interested in assisting indigenous organizations with institutional strengthening.
Juanita is from the Maya Mam people of Guatemala. Her work for the advancement of indigenous rights stems from the genocide of the Maya people in Guatemala where an estimated 200,000 people were killed during the civil war. She has worked with the International Maya League/USA, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA and the Association of Midwives of the Mam Area, Guatemala. She is committed to the preservation of land rights, culture and identity of indigenous people and bringing this struggle to the forefront of the international arena. She supports the directors in the Coordinating Office through project management, research and communication between the Alliance office and member organizations. Juanita received her B.A. in Psychology and Minority Health Care from Beloit College.