The Fifth Indigenous Summit took place in Colombia’s iconic resguardo (territory) La Maria de Piendamó, in the region with the most dynamic Indigenous politics. The Regional Indigenous Council of the Cauca (CRIC) joined forces with the local Misák people, putting 42 years of experience at play to produce a powerful weeklong event.
Over two thousand peoples from across the hemisphere attended. Summits remain mostly a Spanish-speaking affair with virtually no participation from English or Portuguese speaking societies. Surinam’s small delegation was a reminder of Caribbean absence. Spanish remains the lingua franca, and countries with strong ethno-politics are best represented. The two largest international delegations came from Ecuador and Bolivia, and women made two thirds of the Guatemala delegation.