Closing of the Summit

The Fourth Indigenous Summit is closing today with a large plenary bringing together the different topics that people have been discussing the last several days.

Yesterday morning delegates continued the discussions from the previous day, and then came together into about 10 groups to bring together proposals for the plenary.

It has been a good and energetic meeting, with perhaps some of the best discussions happening outside of the sessions, with the informal networking and conversations that happen at these types of events.

Opening of the Fourth Summit

The Fourth Summit of Indigenous peoples started this morning with a ritual ceremony in the central plaza (Plaza de Armas) in Puno. After the ceremony, we had breakfast and then left on a march that wound its way through the streets of Puno and down to the Lake Titikaka waterfront. A stage was set up there where we had the inaugural session of the summit, and then 2 panels with 3 speakers each. The first panel was on the crisis of capitalism and the second on plurinationalism. After that inaugural session, we continued on to the university where we had lunch.

Closure of Women’s Summit

The women’s forum closed Thursday afternoon with a marathon 4-hr long plenary session. The session began with reports from the six sessions that met in the morning. The program lists 4: Women’s rights in light of collective rights, Women and the construction of power and democracy, Models of development and the impact of globalization from the point of view of women, and Violence and discrimination against Indigenous women. Apparently 2 more on communication and cosmology/identity were added.

Youth Meeting

The Fourth Indigenous Summit is continuing today with the inauguration of the Second Continental Encounter of Indigenous Youth of Abya Yala. This morning the youth met in the Coliseo of the University to lay out their social, cultural, economic, and political agendas.

Indigenous Women’s Summit

The First Indigenous Women’s Summit started yesterday with a march from the (appropriately selected) women’s plaza to the university where the summit will meet. It was a small march, followed by at least as many cops as marchers. Upon arrival at the university we were joined by several other (and larger) marches. Several (male) spiritual leaders led a religious ceremony on the university grounds.

We then proceeded into an auditorium for opening ceremonies for the women’s summit. We then proceeded into 3 central panels that set the central themes for the summit:

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