Categories Archives: The Problem: Civilization » Colonialism & Conquest

India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Featured image: Kaziranga park guards are heavily armed and instructed to shoot intruders on sight.  © Survival International      by Survival International A BBC investigation has revealed that tribal peoples living around a national park in India are facing arrest and beatings, torture and death under the Park’s notorious “shoot-on-sight” policy. The report for television, … Continue reading India: BBC Report on Shoot-On-Sight Conservation, WWF Involvement

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Featured image: Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia. © El Heraldo      by Survival International Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights. The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de … Continue reading Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous Leader Murdered

Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts

     by Henry Geddes and Martin Valdiviezo /  translated by Angélica Almazán / Intercontinental Cry Long before it was used by early European settlers to establish the Massachusetts Bay Company–and later, the Massachusetts Bay Colony–the term “Massachusetts” referred to an Algonquian-speaking nation known as the Massachuset. One of dozens of smaller nations that made … Continue reading Struggles Against Colonization in the USA: Mohicans in Massachusetts

Video: “No Sam (What is Ours),” A Culture Dueling to Exist

     by Intercontinental Cry “Na Sam” is a documentary film that sheds light on the modern Chorote way of life. After being subjugated into a group of insecure land occupiers on their own land, the Chorote have arrived at a desperate pass. Located in the central-western Chaco region of Argentina, the Chorote are witnessing … Continue reading Video: “No Sam (What is Ours),” A Culture Dueling to Exist

Tuahka Indigenous Leader Shot and Killed in Nicaragua

The climate of violence endemic to the ongoing resource wars, illegal occupation, violent siege, and politically motivated land grabs of Nicaragua’s North Caribbean Autonomous Region, is continuing to escalate.

On Wednesday evening, January 25, the death of a well-known Tuahka Indigenous leader was confirmed – Camilo Frank López was shot in the forehead and killed while leaving a local bar with his cousin. López was the current Tuahka Indigenous Territorial Government Prosecutor. ... Continue reading →

Land and The Persistence of Culture: Indigenous Yukpa Community Strives to Recover Its Land

Featured image: A Yukpa woman tends laundry high in the clouds of the Yukpa lands, which rise over 3000 meters in the Sierra Perijá on the border of Colombia and Venezuela.     by Nicholas Parkinson / Intercontinental Cry A community of indigenous Yukpa saw their land reduced to a third of what it once was due to … Continue reading Land and The Persistence of Culture: Indigenous Yukpa Community Strives to Recover Its Land

Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Featured image: Without access to their ancestral land, the Baka’s health has deteriorated and they face an uncertain future. © Survival International      by Survival International An internal report commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) into the impact of its conservation work in Cameroon on Baka “Pygmies” has been leaked after WWF denied it … Continue reading Leaked Report Reveals WWF Knew About “Pygmy” Abuse

Letter From the Shuar Arutam People to the Country and The World

To my Shuar brothers and sisters, to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and Andes, to the men and women of Ecuador and the World.

As many of you know,recent days have been very dangerous for our people. These days have not yet ended and are, indeed, probably only the beginning of a great territorial dispute initiated by the National Government against the Shuar Arutam People. ... Continue reading →

By Blood and Fire: Mining and Militarization in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Before dawn on Dec. 21, 2016, dozens of police raided the headquarters of the Shuar Federation (FISCH) in the Ecuadorian Amazon and arbitrarily detained its president, Agustin Wachapá. The indigenous leader was thrown to the ground and repeatedly stamped on and ridiculed beneath the boots of police in front of his wife. The police then razed the Shuar Federation’s office—turning over furniture and carrying away computers. According to the indigenous leader's wife, her husband was taken away without any kind of explanation. An arrest warrant for Wachapá was never presented. ... Continue reading →