Successive UN Special Rapporteurs on the rights of indigenous peoples have expressed serious concerns in relation to the growing negative impacts of foreign investment on rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.
These investments often involve extraction of natural resources and large scale infrastructure projects in or near the territories of indigenous peoples and have been associated with violations of the land and resource, participation, consultation, consent, self-determination and cultural rights of indigenous peoples. In a number of cases they threaten the very cultural and physical survival of these peoples.
The Kechua Lamas are an indigenous people living in the San Martin region of the Peruvian Amazon. The local midwives play a vital role in the endurance of their cultural heritage by carrying on traditional practices. They are the godmothers and advisors during pregnancy and childbirth, and throughout the parenting process they continue to put into practice knowledge that has been passed on by their ancestors.
In this series produced by the Waman Wasi organization, we will learn how the Kechua Lamas value and conserve their ancestral traditions through their midwives (in Spanish only):