Event Title

Land Use in Remote Indigenous Communities of Ecuador: Social, Political, and Economic Issues

Location

CSU Ballroom

Start Date

9-4-2012 1:00 PM

End Date

9-4-2012 2:30 PM

Student's Major

Economics

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Kimberly Contag

Mentor's Department

World Languages and Cultures

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

Globalization has had a profound effect on the people of Ecuador, especially the nation’s indigenous population in remote areas. Not only has contact with western capitalism affected the land on which the people live, it has changed a culture that has been handed down for centuries. Western companies such as Texaco and Perenco have spearheaded the west’s push into indigenous territories through their pursuit of resources and the profits they bring. They have shown little regard for the rights or well being of the indigenous population causing a wide range of social, psychological, and physical consequences. My research focuses on how specific indigenous communities like the Huaorani and Sarayaku have struggled with these consequences. The purpose of the project is to describe the issues that affect land use and to draw some conclusions about how the political, economic and social issues affect decisions for these remote areas of Ecuador. Remote communities like these do not always have access to the Spanish-speaking political and economic system in spite of recent changes to the Ecuadorian constitution meant to protect land use in these remote areas.

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Apr 9th, 1:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:30 PM

Land Use in Remote Indigenous Communities of Ecuador: Social, Political, and Economic Issues

CSU Ballroom

Globalization has had a profound effect on the people of Ecuador, especially the nation’s indigenous population in remote areas. Not only has contact with western capitalism affected the land on which the people live, it has changed a culture that has been handed down for centuries. Western companies such as Texaco and Perenco have spearheaded the west’s push into indigenous territories through their pursuit of resources and the profits they bring. They have shown little regard for the rights or well being of the indigenous population causing a wide range of social, psychological, and physical consequences. My research focuses on how specific indigenous communities like the Huaorani and Sarayaku have struggled with these consequences. The purpose of the project is to describe the issues that affect land use and to draw some conclusions about how the political, economic and social issues affect decisions for these remote areas of Ecuador. Remote communities like these do not always have access to the Spanish-speaking political and economic system in spite of recent changes to the Ecuadorian constitution meant to protect land use in these remote areas.

Recommended Citation

Manning, William. "Land Use in Remote Indigenous Communities of Ecuador: Social, Political, and Economic Issues." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/poster-session-B/7