More than 100 women from the Indigenous Territories of Yaigojé Apaporis Park, from the rivers Mirití, Pirá Paraná, Isana, Surubí and Tiquié gathered to exchange experiences and opens spaces of political construction for them.
¿Why the indigenous woman role is that important? In the Amazon world view, the complementarity arranges the world and the well-being is only possible thanks to the “pensamiento” (thinking) and work of women and men. For indigenous peoples, life is not possible without the existence of men and women, since together they gather what is necessary to prevent disease, to bring in abundant food and to fulfil the ecological and agricultural calendar, according to the seasons given from the beginning.
The role of women was assigned since the world was given to them by their ancestors. They are, not only life givers and responsible for raising good people, but also the indigenous women are seed mothers, that means that they are guardians of the seeds of their ethnic groups, and they have to exchange them, to inherit them from their mothers-in-law and to pass them to their daughters-in-law or from mothers to daughters.
Therefore, with the intention of opening spaces to participate, to put on the table their needs and ways of understanding the realities of women, leaders, community representatives and local coordinators met in Trinidad del Tiquié. They represented five AATIS: ACIYA (Association of Indigenous Authorities from Yaigojé Apaporis), ACIYAVA (Association of Indigenous Authorities from Yaigojé Apaporis Vaupés), ACIMA (Association of Indigenous Captains from Mirití Amazonas), ACAIPI (Association of Captains and Indigenous Traditional Authorities from Pirá Paraná river), ACURIS (Association of United communities of Isana Surubí river) and AATIZOT (Association of Indigenous Traditional Authorities from Tiquié zone).
During a week, the meeting promoted the recognition of women around issues such as representation, participation and inclusiveness. The objective was to identify which are the spaces and daily actions that were part of their political activities as indigenous in the territory.
The first of the answers was the Chagra as a political place of enunciation and construction of a power based on food production. They also mentioned the economy for welfare or solidarity economy, as the possibility of having productive alternatives that are sustainable and favor the indigenous government and benefit the territory. "For me, to be an indigenous woman is to have autonomy, to strengthen the culture, the Chagra and to be in harmony with the territory and the family," says Yaneth, a “maloquera”, "we are exchanging experiences, demonstrating the knowledge of indigenous women, since each ethnic group has a way of living, of preparing food. That is why, by exchanging, we can bring new knowledge to our territory; for example, topics of medicinal plants and seeds".
To build a perspective and projection that brings together the common objectives of women that live in the macro-territory was one of the objectives of the meeting. Sitting together and thinking about what unites and strengthens them, enhances their everyday actions, which can go unnoticed in the spaces of political construction. Through discussions and reflections, women formulated common principles for building a strategy for strengthening women’s governance and enhance within their organizations.
The Amazonian indigenous women contribute from female knowledge to the management of the territory, to the transmission of culture and knowledge to the new generations, while taking care of the welfare of everyone through the food cultivated in the Chagra. It is for this reason that the defense of the territory and the strengthening of the indigenous government must include the role of women and the contribution that they can make.