In a campaign in Ecuadorian Amazon against oil companies clearing rainforest on Sarayaku people’s land, the women brewed fermented cassava and gave it to the oil workers in their camp who passed out. When they woke up, their guns were facing them in the hands of the Sarayaku women and men who ordered them off their land. They never returned. The activists reached out to other indigenous people and used media like their film Children of the Jaguar (2012) “to propose an alternative development—the development of life.” Women stood against negotiation with the enemy: Patricia Gualinga has traveled around the world for indigenous rights, saying, “We want to be a model that could be replicated.”[i]
[i] David Goodman, “Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe is Beating Big Oil,” Yes! Magazine, February 12, 2015.
David Goodman, “Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe is Beating Big Oil,” Yes! Magazine, February 12, 2015.