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Earth Talk Video: Manari Ushigua Kaji in conversation with Colin Campbell and Stephan Harding

“There are still several public policies that affect the integrity and violate the rights of the Sapara people. This is especially so in what the Ecuadorian Government has called the 11th Round of oil exploration that affects 100% of the Sapara Territory. Manari leads a permanent vigil designed to support the rights of his people who are determined to not allow this to happen. The Sapara poeple consider that this possibility that their land will be exploited for oil is a criminal act towards themselves and the generations that will follow. They are also well aware destruction of the Amazon would affect the sustainability of life on earth for the generations to come. During his years as a tribal and political leader, he has coordinated and been the President of the Sápara Nationality of Ecuador, the Binational Coordinator of the Sapara of Ecuador and Peru and the Vice National Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of Ecuador called CONAIE.”

Manari Ushigua Kaji

Manari Ushigua Kaji, is a native of the Sapara nationality from the Ecuadorian Amazon. His village was declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity site in 2002. Manari carries an ancestral legacy delivered by his Father. His people are famous in the Art of Dreaming, healing and curing, and walking the path of evolution and transformation. His learning material was his life in the Amazon Rainforest as a child with his father and family. Years later, Manari studied in the city of Puyo and joined the regional indigenous organization to ensure that his people’s voices were heard and their territory protected. He has become well recognized and respected for his work in this area.