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. Now we are breaking out into 60 sessions on different topics. I´m going to head off to a session now.

Something like 5-6K people are here, and organizers said that they are cutting off individual registrations. Only groups can register delegates now. But despite the size and the normal chaos, things are going surprisingly well.