The “Living Forest” proposal: indigenous women’s practices of re-existence in the Ecuadorian Amazon by Andrea Sempertegui

Danea Gallo González’s report on The “Living Forest” proposal: indigenous women’s practices of re-existence in the Ecuadorian Amazon by Andrea Sempertegui (JLU/GCSC), December 2nd

Andrea Sempertegui presented her “co-labor” research project about the proposal initiated by indigenous women in the Ecuadorian Amazon called Kawsak Sacha (The living forest) and the practices they undertake in order to call for collectively preserving and thereby re-existing with the living forest. She focused on the experiential and material intricacies of designing/designed craftsman jewellery with different seeds of the forest and reflected about the issues she was confronted with in her relationship to these indigenous women. We then discussed how what Spivak called the ‘double-bind’ influences our research process and reminded ourselves that we should be aware of these influences in order not to draw false conclusions.