By Diana Mendoza for Debates Indígenas
Asdrúbal Plaza Calvo is a Yanacona teacher who has been involved with the Colombian Indigenous movement for 40 years. After being a teacher for several years, he went on to become a lawyer and later obtained a doctorate in political and social sciences. From the perspective of his long professional and activist career, he highlights the importance of supporting processes of recovery of ancestral knowledge in environmental matters with the Nasa Tewalas of Valle del Cauca.
BY DIANA ALEXANDRA MENDOZA FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS
The election of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez marks a milestone in Colombian history. The sudden entry of these new players on the political scene symbolizes a profound change in the ruling elite. However, it has been a long road, fraught with adversity, violence and the rampant increase in poverty, which now affects over half of the population. Ivan Duque’s government, wracked with corruption, coupled with violence against social leaders and repression of the popular protest, were the key factors that led to an unprecedented popular mobilization that secured the triumph of the Historical Pact coalition in the second round of elections.
BY MARCELA VELASCO FOR DEBATES INDÍGENAS
The lengthy armed conflict has left most Colombians with psychological, physical and community scars. Faced with this traumatic reality, the philosophy of “vivir sabroso” offers Colombians a new vision of life for their country. This sentipensar or thinking-feeling of Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples is helping to reshape the narrative of how we imagine the nation.
Bahía Málaga. Photo: Albeiro Palma for Colectivo de Trabajo Jenzera