One State, Many Nations: Indigenous Rights Struggles in Ecuador

Maximilian Viatori

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Through tracing the revitalization efforts of the Zápara, one of the smallest Indigenous nationalities in Ecuador, Maxmilian Viatori investigates the paradoxical treatment of Indigenous identity across the nation. “The book’s purpose is to explore the official recognition of ethnic and cultural difference in Ecuador with the following question in mind: has the official recognition of Indigenous rights provided new opportunities for Indigenous actors or further restricted their political action?”

With roughly two hundred members living primarily along the Conambo and Pindoyacu rivers in Pastaza province, the Zápara’s process of self-organization and emergence took place within Ecuador’s Indigenous movement from 1998 to 2008. In 2001, when Viatori first learned of the Zápara, their language was spoken by fewer than five elders and was in danger of extinction.

“Although the Zápara are one of Ecuador’s smallest nationalities, their organization’s trajectory has paralleled important developments in official reform and Indigenous activism in Ecuador,” Viatori says in his introduction. His book addresses the broader problems and conflicts that Ecuador’s Indigenous organizations face, he says, with each chapter elucidating “a different aspect of official multiculturalism in Ecuador and its role in constructing local Indigenous identities.”

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