The efforts of Indians in Latin America have gained momentum and garnered increasing attention in the last decade as they claim rights to their land and demand full participation in the political process. Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America is a collection of essays compiled by Professor Erick D. Langer that brings together contributions on indigenous movements throughout Latin America from all regions. Focusing on the 1990s, Professor Langer illustrates the range and increasing significance of the Indian movements in Latin America. The volume addresses the ways in which Indians have confronted the political, social, and economic problems they face today, and shows the diversity of the movements, both in lowlands and in highlands, tribal peoples, and peasants. Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America is important for those interested in Latin American studies, including Latin American civilization, Latin American anthropology, contemporary issues in Latin America, and ethnic studies.
Erick D. Langer is professor of history in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Elena Munoz works for the International Rescue Committee in New York City and is a student at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 I In the Defense of Land Chapter 3 Neither Warriors nor Victims: The Wauja Peacefully Organize to Defend Their Land Chapter 4 Ethnodevelopment and Democratic Consolidation in Chile: The Mapuche Question Part 5 II Indigenous Political Participation Chapter 6 Agrarian Protest and the Indian Movement in the Ecuadorian Highlands Chapter 7 Indians and National Salvation: Placing Ecuador's Indigenous Coup of January 2000 in Historical Perspective Chapter 8 The Emergence of Political Organizations among the Guarani Indians of Bolivia and Argentina: A Comparative Perspective Chapter 9 Consciousness and Contradiction: Indigenous Peoples and Paraguay's Transition to Democracy Part 10 III Indians and Guerrillas Chapter 11 Villagers at Arms: War and Counterrevolution in the Central-South Andes Chapter 12 Pan-Maya Activism in Guatemala Part 13 IV Indigenous Leaders Speak Out Chapter 14 Marta Silva Vito Guarani (Brazil) Chapter 15 Davi Kopenawa Yanomami (Brazil) Chapter 16 Luis Macas (Ecuador) Chapter 17 Nina Pacari (Ecuador) Chapter 18 Felipe Quispe Huanca (Bolivia) Chapter 19 R. Marhikewun (Chile) Chapter 20 Slected Bibliography Chapter 21 Internet Sources