El espejismo de la autonomía indígena: mirada a la situación de una comunidad en la Orinoquía Colombiana

Laura Calle Alzate


The 1991 Constitution opened spaces for political participation of indigenous peoples but also perpetuated harmful effects such as the formation of elites articulated the state apparatus. Based on my ethnographic fieldwork, I discuss how these societies have given up on their ability to participate and act politically. For some of the indigenous peoples of the Llanos, the creation of an indigenous political elite, results in the resignation of the indigenous social movement as a political subject, firstly, and secondly, the entrance to a new dispute characterized by struggle for the resources of the Colombian state and the multinationals present in the region. The dispute to manage resources is linked to the struggle for the political arena legitimized by the system resources that ultimately only benefits the indigenous elite and its closest circle. Therefore one can speak of indigenous autonomy as a mirage and not a reality.

Published online: 11 December 2017


Sikuani; autonomy; indigenous peoples; Colombia; Constitution of 1991; prior consultation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18543/aahdh-12-2014pp71-96


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