An interview with Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui – Aymara anarchism, coca and cocaleros

Submitted [to] by rosa on Mon, 2010-03-08 01:20

The South American Nation of Bolivia has filled the headlines of the global press with their fight against water privatization, struggle for nationalization of Gas, non-compliance with Free Trade policies and the election of South America’s first indigenous president Evo Morales. These struggles are rooted in the long history of Indigenous resistance to colonialism and imperialism in Bolivia. In an interview conducted during her recent stay in Pittsburgh. subaltern theorist, Aymara Sociologist and Historian Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, discussed Bolivian Anarchism, the health benefits of the Coca plant and the Cocaleros (Coca Growers) fight for sovereignty.

[Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui’s article “The Historical Horizons of Internal Colonialism” was published in English in NACLA’s Vol. XXV No.3, December 1991. It is an important piece which first took me down a path of discovery of the Andean indigenous concept of “sumaq kawsay”. Bob ]

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