published in Granta
In this autobiographical essay from one of the leaders of the Sapara Nation in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Ushigua talks about his nation's difficulty in preserving their ancestral land. The Ecuadorian government divided much of it up into "oil blocks," until Ushigua successfully blocked this move with international support. With only 535 people left in his nation, this essay is meant to convey a philosophy and way of life in the hope of preserving it among an encroaching world.
120 days ago