Se edita en Alemania ensayo sobre el filme 13 Pueblos en defensa del agua, el aire y la tierra de Francesco Taboada “Latin American Environmental Discourses, Indigenous Ecological Consciousness and the Problem of ‘Authentic’ Native Identities” de Elmar Schmidt.

El pasado mes de junio se editó en Bonn, Alemania el libro “Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology”, un conjunto de ensayos sobre ecología coordinado por Hubert Zapf e impreso por Walter de Gruyter. Este libro contiene un ensayo de Elmar Schmidt sobre el filme documental “13 Pueblos en defensa del agua, el aire y la tierra” del cineasta mexicano Francesco Taboada Tabone enfocado en el uso del cine como herramienta política en la lucha por el medio ambiente y los derechos indígenas. El texto completo puede ser consultado en nuestra página.

21 Latin American Environmental Discourses, Indigenous Ecological Consciousness and the Problem of ‘Authentic’ Native Identities

Elmar Schmidt

Abstract: One central and actively discussed component of environmental discourses in Latin America is the tension between the stereotypical representation of indigenous cultures as essentialized ‘ecological natives,’ and the pragmatic possibilities the ste- reotype implies for indigenous social actors in the context of political struggles. The debate is constantly threatened by culminating into an ‘authenticity fallacy,’ which deprives indigenous communities of the possibility to position themselves in medi- alized global discourses as actors with recognized flexible political identities. In this context, Francesco Taboada Tabone’s documentary 13 Pueblos en defensa del agua, el aire y la tierra (2008) serves to illustrate how the imagery of indigenous ‘defenders of nature’ can be strategically employed in the particular circumstances of the joint resistance of several villages in the Mexican state of Morelos against governmental construction plans, to generate symbolic capital on regional, national, and transna- tional levels. The film merges an anti-neoliberal, Neozapatista argumentation with contemporary environmental discourse, dedicating special attention to the creation of an indigenous, communitarian, and ecologically sustainable identity. Neverthe- less, the film transcends this ethnically and locally limited identity and converts it into a basis of identification available to non-indigenous anti-neoliberal movements on a broader scale.

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