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By Michael Cepek

Blending ethnography with a desirable own tale, A destiny for Amazonia is an account of a political stream that arose within the early Nineteen Nineties in accordance with many years of assaults at the lands and peoples of jap Ecuador, one of many world's such a lot culturally and biologically diversified areas. After generations of wreck by the hands of colonizing farmers, transnational oil businesses, and Colombian armed factions, the indigenous Cofán humans and their rain woodland territory confronted coming near near jeopardy. In a shocking flip of occasions, the Cofán selected Randy Borman, a guy of Euro-American descent, to steer their efforts to beat the concern that faced them.

Drawing on 3 years of ethnographic study, A destiny for Amazonia starts by means of tracing the contours of Cofán society and Borman's position inside it. Borman, a blue-eyed, white-skinned baby of North American missionary-linguists, used to be raised in a Cofán group and steadily got here to proportion the id of his adoptive country. He grew to become a world media phenomenon and solid artistic partnerships among Cofán groups, conservationist agencies, Western scientists, and the Ecuadorian nation. the end result used to be a collective mobilization that remodeled the Cofán kingdom in exceptional methods, supplying them with political strength, medical services, and a brand new function as bold caretakers of a couple of million acres of wooded area. not easy simplistic notions of identification, indigeneity, and inevitable ecological destruction, A destiny for Amazonia charts an inspiring direction for environmental politics within the twenty-first century.

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