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What the coup against Evo Morales means to indigenous people like me | Nick Estes

The indigenous-socialist project accomplished what neoliberalism has repeatedly failed to do: redistribute wealth to societys poorest sectors Evo Morales is more than Bolivias first indigenous president he is our president, too. The rise of a humble Aymara coca farmer to the nations highest office in 2006 marked the arrival of indigenous people as vanguards of history. Within the social movements that brought him to power emerged indigenous visions of socialism and the values of Pachamama (the Andean Earth Mother). Evo represents five centuries of indigenous deprivation and struggle in the…

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Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

A paddle and bad recording of a bar-room conversation were all investigators had to go on when claims surfaced of killings deep in Brazils Javari Valley last year When not selling breakfasts in this sleepy town on the western reaches of the Amazon, Algenor Costa fishes and hunts along the Jandiatuba River, as he has done for decades. Heading days upriver, he has often headed into the Javari Valley, a vast indigenous reserve where such activities are forbidden. Thats the town larder, he says. Everybody enters there to fish and…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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A DNA test showed I’m 100% Mori. Many thought there were none of us left | Oriini Kaipara

Critics often used this argument to counter the push for indigenous rights but now its clear I am a full-blooded Mori. And there will be others Mum! You didnt tell me youre 100% Mori! My daughter Te Aomihia stormed my room this morning brimming with pride, I just read it on the internet! Yes. I kept the results quiet even from my four children, two of whom are teenagers with social media circles that surpass my own. I stayed mum on what I was told would be a huge deal.…

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