Declaration of La Paz

Indigenous nations of "Abya Yala" (the Americas) call for a Culture of Life.


La Paz, Bolivia Tawatinsuyo, October 12, 2006


Herding llamas in the southwestern Bolivian Altiplano

Photo by Michael Bollino

From the heart of what is known as South America, from the territory of Bartolina Sisa and Tupaj Kartari, on the 12th of October of 2006 the delegates of the original Pueblos and Nations of the Indigenous Peoples of Abya Yala, upon gathering at the Continental Encounter of Indigenous Pueblos and Nations of Abya Yala, emit the following message:

Upon this new dawn of the Pachacuti, in these times of the culmination of the Fifth Sun [2012], soon will end the world of fear in which we live, the world of hate and materialism that we suffer. When that sun rises, humanity will have disappeared as a species that threatens to destroy the planet, evolving towards integration and harmony with the universe in its totality, with the understanding that all things are alive and conscious, understanding that we are all part of the whole, emerging to live in a new era of enlightenment.

In spite of 514 years of oppression and domination, we have not been eliminated: we are still here. We have resisted invasion, destruction and pillage, and now neoliberalism which imposes the exploitation of our natural resources for the benefit of the multinational corporations, causing grave social, economic, and cultural impact upon our Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples. These same negative effects extend also to the rest of humanity and the natural world.

Yet now we begin a new era for the original Indigenous Pueblos and Nations, for the times of change are upon us. …

… Our proposal is one of integrity: a Culture of Life, which constructs sovereignty as embedded within our cultural identity and cosmovision, and with democratic participation we shall emerge to construct new nation states oriented by our indigenous thought and with the participation of the majority of the peoples.

… We shall reconstruct the principle “to live well,” which for us means to live in harmony with our fellow human beings and the world of nature, and at the same time we offer to the world to accept and benefit from the values of our cultures.

From our families, our homes, our communities, Pueblos and Nations, whether we are or are not present within the systems of government of our respective countries, we ourselves shall decide and define our own destiny.

We shall assume the responsibility and the will “to live well” in accord to the teachings of our ancestors and so to radiate from the most simple to the most great and complex in order to construct in a just and plural manner the diversity of the culture of life, and so exercise our right of self determination. …

… We are direct witnesses to the serious problems which presently befall the Bolivian people and government, brought about by the oligarchies that count on the support of the United States. We also are witness to the efforts of the Bolivian people and the government of President Evo Morales in order to build a new country, and we commit our solidarity to this heroic effort. We shall remain permanently vigilant regarding what occurs in Bolivia and we ask that all of the Peoples of the world offer their support and solidarity to this process as well.

!!!!!Jallalla Indigenous Pueblos and Nations of Abya Yala!!!!


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