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What Does it Mean to be From the Páramo? Ethnicity, Politics & Development in the Ecuadorian Andes

Speaker: Luis Alberto Tuaza Castro
Date: March 18, 2020
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Address: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall

During October 2019 upheavals led by the Indigenous popular movement in Ecuador, government officials constantly indicated in public interviews: "The Indian must stay in the páramo" (The Andean High Plains), and not in the city. The response to these attacks increased a popular response in which Indigenous protesters and their allies constantly repeated: "I am from the páramo! We are all from the páramo!" This presentation will address the following questions: What does the páramo mean for Indigenous peoples? What political repercussion does the word páramo posses? What is the relationship between the páramo and Indigenous economic development?
Dr.Luis Alberto Tuaza Castro is an Indigenous Kichwa scholar, and a Professor and researcher at the National University of Chimborazo in Ecuador.