Saturday, May 4, 2013

Natividad Llanquileo

Natividad Llanquileo is courageous and lives resistance. She is a fierce Indigenous rights activist from the Mapuche people in Chile. Her activist efforts have concentrated on fighting the criminalization of the struggles of her people and the militarization of their indigenous territories.

She comes from a family of fighters. Her father was active in the Indigenous movement in the 70's, and two of her brothers are currently in jail, accused of being "terrorists" because of their participation in the current Mapuche movement.

Natividad Llanquileo
Forced to leave her rural reserve in the South because of poverty--imposed by the Chilean state after allowing the corporate pillaging of Mapuche lands, she emigrated to Santiago to work as a live-in nanny at a private home. Tired of the injustices she experienced both as an Indigenous woman living in an Indigenous reserve and working as a nanny, she decided to go to law school to become a lawyer and work for her people, hoping to find "justice within injustice".

Natividad was chose by her people to act as the spokesperson of the weichafe [Mapuche warriors] from the Arauco-Malleco Convergence, an activist group that fights for the self-determination of the Mapuche people. Although she is no longer the spokesperson of this group, she is still active in her fight against the Chilean state.

Sadly, there is very little information about Natividad in English. However, there is some information about the struggles of the Mapuche people available in English. You can check out this video to know more about the persecution and criminalization of the Mapuche. There is also this channel on YouTube.

Contributor: Simona

1 comment:

  1. She's all that you say and more, she's a brave woman and a great weichafe too. I think Chilean people admire her and respect her because of her beauty and intelligence. Hope to see her more in mass media 'cause the mapuche struggle in this moment needs all of them standing up... talking, acting and being stronger and stronger. I'm a Chilean woman teaching french at an Institute of Languages, sorry about my english, anyway in any case you can count on me. Marrichiwew ! Lemorria pu lanmgen