Verso - The Radical origins of international indigenous representation - ▻https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4329-the-radical-origins-of-international-indigenous-representation
While Indigenous representation has become a permanent feature at the UN, its radical origins are less well known. The historic 1977 Geneva gathering was preceded by a simpler, but no less monumental, gathering in Standing Rock, along the banks of the Missouri River. In the heat of the Northern Plains summer, 5,000 people from more than ninety-seven different Indigenous nations met from June 8 to 16, 1974. By the end of the week, the International Indian Treaty Council was founded as an international arm of the American Indian Movement (AIM), tasked with gaining international recognition at the UN for Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The Treaty Council’s founding document, the “Declaration of Continuing Independence,” foregrounded nationhood and treaty rights as central features of an American Indian political identity. “We condemn the United States of America for its gross violation of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty in militarily surrounding, killing, and starving the citizens of the Independent Oglala Nation into exile,” it read, in reference to the brutal crackdown on AIM following their occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. The Treaty Council appealed to “conscionable nations” to join “in charging and prosecuting the United States of America for its genocidal practices against the sovereign Native Nations; most recently illustrated by Wounded Knee 1973 and the continued refusal to sign the United Nations 1948 Treaty on Genocide.”2 Following the seventy-one-day siege, AIM leadership had been arrested and tied up in court proceedings. Then came the brutal repression under the infamous FBI Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO) that nearly destroyed Indigenous, Black, and revolutionary movements in the United States. The strategic turn to international human rights law largely saved the Indigenous movement from utter collapse in a moment of intense state repression.
“The Big House: Life, Land and Indigenous Culture”
“La Casa Grande” is a close look at the everyday life of the Cauca #indigenous_people, with a focus on the historical resistance led by these people. These photographs trace a journey that conveys how territory is indispensable to building and preserving cultural identity, especially in the face of unrest and violence.
In this project, we find the great pillars of the construction of indigenous identity: community, home, family, cultural heritage and the deep need of having a land to call one’s own.
The native “reguardos” (reservations) where these photos were taken portray a country in peace—something that all we Colombians desire. But this visionary landscape is actually a contradictory image of the true everyday reality in Cauca. Across war-torn Colombia, Cauca is one of the areas with the largest armed conflicts and highest number of forced displacements in the country.
Thus, these images attempt to lead us into intimate spaces, outside of the unstable public sphere, where we can recognize the eternality of life in the home: everyday life and the quotidian struggle for survival. These private worlds are fragile and, in this moment, perhaps even false. But through the camera (which is another word for room, after all), we see them momentarily frozen and graspable.
Indeed, light, that main element of photography, is used as a tool to unveil other possible worlds. By utilizing a camera obscura built into the houses, each image transmutes daily outdoor scenes into the chamber of inner life. These pictures allow us to imagine a better Cauca and a better country, full of peace and prosperity. Perhaps they even give us the ability to picture a slightly more magical world—one that holds respect for all human life.
#Chile’s #Copa_América – Can #Football Still be Political ?
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Between Magic and Reality On #Otavalo, in the Largest Outdoor Indigenous Market in South America
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