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Until a few years ago, October 12 marked American Discovery Day, or Race Day. New discussions and debates about the history of the continent and the country resignify what we celebrate today as Respect for Cultural Diversity Day . The celebration is also a position of vindication and struggle: this is what Moira Millán shares.
Moira was born in the village of El Maitén , province of Chubut , and is weichafe of the community Mapuche - Tehuelche in Vuelche del Río. She is an activist, reference and promoter of the Indigenous Women's Movement for Good Living , a women's collective that was created in June 2018, after the March of Women Originally for Good Living. Weichafe means “warrior”, and Moira seeks to question all the people who listen to her not only in Patagonia, but also in Argentina and in different parts of the world.
Millán wrote in 2019 El Tren del Oblivion , a work published by Editorial Planeta, which is a historical novel that rescues the struggles, culture and forgotten stories of the Mapuches: a kind of counter-memorial that shapes the daily struggle . The dichotomy of colonizers and colonizers is not explained this way, as it describes a series of complex cultural intersections where there is no binarism: this is not a simple struggle between a colonizing people (the whites) and a colonized one (the Mapuche). What is described is a series of complex cultural intersections and syncretism, but what is clear is that the Mapuches are survivors; an invitation to re-reading and re-learning the historical memory from which we always have to return to learn more.
Moira not only discusses colonialism, but also does it within the agendas of feminism, institutions, environmentalism and human rights. A warrior who fights for good living as a right for all people, on all sides.
The Indigenous Women's Movement for Good Living was born in 2013: it was from the film Pupil de Mujer: View of the Earth that Moira travels even more in other communities and meets other women with whom she shares the way each has to preserve ancestral culture through education, health and music: a film story.
In addition, there was a mass march (in 2015), an Indigenous Women's Parliament (in 2019), a Peoples Camp against Tericide (this year): a concept that Moira and her sisters have been working from an indigenous perspective, to explain how the current system is destroying life three-dimensional.“ Indigenous peoples believe in the three-dimensional life of the cosmos: there are tangible ecosystems, there are peoples, and there are also energies that constitute perceptible or spiritual ecosystems, the Mapuche world calls them gñen ”, will be said in different interviews, talks and conferences.
Since its inception, the Movement has been organized autonomously and without any support, because it is an anti-party, anti-clerical and anti-patriarchal collective. And one of its objectives is to recover the ancestral ways of restoring the harmonious relationship with the earth, from a social, cultural, economic and spiritual development that contributes to respect and sustainability among peoples and territories, so worn down by the logic of consumption current.
Moira Millán, the March and the Indigenous Women's Movement for Good Living are the visibility and debate of the identity diversifications that exist not only in Patagonia itself, but throughout Argentina. It is recognizing the sociocultural richness of the territories, it is the invisible knowledge of history and a re-learning outside the everyday life of the big cities.
Publication Date: 12/10/2020
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