Puyo:Where the flag of Ecuador’s indigenous movement waved proudly above the headquarters of CONFENIAE,


Twenty minutes down a winding road outside the Amazonian town of Puyo a lone whipala on a hill waved in the warm forest air above the neighborhood known as Unión Base. A powerful symbol of unity, struggle, rights and resistance, the flag of Ecuador’s indigenous movement waved proudly above the headquarters of CONFENIAE, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in anticipation of the arrival of community representatives from all over the country.By foot, canoe, plane, and bus, indigenous leaders from the Amazon, the Andes, the Pacific Coast, and everywhere in between poured into the CONFENIAE headquarters for a summit of the national indigenous confederation CONAIE and its political wing, Pachakutik. Amazon Watch was there, too.

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