15 Decolonization & the Long View of History — Carlos Saavedra & Fhatima Paulino
This week we’re talking with Fhatima Paulino and Carlos Saavedra from the Ayni Institute. We’re learning about the critical perspective of a long and global view of history to help us understand how long change takes and where our problems come from. We’re slowing down to care for our bodies and family members with illness, learning about collective work in indigenous traditions, Ayahuasca and people looking to the south for healing and spiritual direction, reciprocity and right relationship, and responding to appropriation at the collective level.
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Resources from this episode
You can see a video of the powerful ritual of Q'ESWACHAKA that Fhatima describes
Carlos’ Reading List
The Structure of World History — Kojin Karatani
El Saqueo Cultural de America Latina — Fernando Baez
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
Harvest of Empire — Juan Gonzalez
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
Andean Cosmovision by Oakley Gordon
Nacion Culebra — Spanish only
Learn more about the Yachay Seminar in Boston.
About our guests
AYNI INSTITUTE began as a coaching, training and incubating institute for organizations, movement builders and community organizing leaders. Ayni is currently producing The Mysteries of the Andes, a nine documentary series by Director Jose Huaman Turpo and Producer Alejandrina Calancha. Their vision is to preserve the ancestral traditions of indigenous groups in the Andes and Amazons of Peru from a holistic perspective, which means that those communities share their stories, their culture, and their wisdom through their own voices. More at www.ayni.institute
Carlos Saavedra migrated to Boston, MA at the age of 12 with his parents as an undocumented student. At 16 years old, he became active in the immigrant rights movement fighting for equal access to higher education for undocumented youth, and became the national coordinator for the United We Dream Network, the first immigrant youth national organization. Carlos was chosen as the 2010 Progressive Activist of the Year by Nation Magazine.
Fhatima Paulino is the daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico. Since 2017 she has been Co-Coordinator of the Memory Program at the Ayni Institute where she is currently focused on the documentary Voices That Heal, which is about the cosmovision, healing practices and almost extinct languages of 4 indigenous villages in the Peruvian Amazon. The documentary will premiere in Boston on April 21st during Ayni’s Yachay (Wisdom) Seminar ( www.ayni.institute/seminar ). Before joining the Ayni team, Fhatima was a community organizer as part of the PICO national network and then as a full-time volunteer with the Cosecha Movement.
Practice: Releasing to Pachamama
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