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One State, Many Nations - by Maximilian Viatori (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 168

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

Book theme: Cultural & Social

Author: Maximilian Viatori

Language: English

Street Date: July 7, 2010
TCIN: 78117641
UPC: 9781934691175
Item Number (DPCI): 247-77-3963


The Z�para are one of the smallest Indigenous nationalities in Ecuador, with roughly two hundred members, most of whom live along the Conambo and Pindoyacu rivers in Pastaza province. The Z�para language is a member of the Zaparoan language family, a small group of Amazonian languages in eastern Ecuador and northern Peru. In 1998 four communities organized as the Nacionalidad Z�para de Ecuador (Z�para Nationality of Ecuador, NAZAE) with the intent of reasserting Z�para identity and establishing a legal Z�para territory distinct from those of other Indigenous nationalities in the region. At the heart of this revitalization was an attempt to document the language of the remaining Z�para elders as "proof" of these communities' cultural uniqueness.

One State, Many Nations traces the Z�para nationality's process of self-organization and emergence within Ecuador's Indigenous movement from 1998 to 2008, to explore the complex role that multiculturalism has played in local Indigenous politics. The paradoxical treatment of Indigenous identity is the subject of this book. Its purpose is to explore the official recognition of ethnic and cultural difference in Ecuador with the following question in mind: has the official recognition of Indigenous rights provided new opportunities for Indigenous actors or further restricted their political action?

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