Indigenous Women on Building a Plurinational State in Latin America

October 29, 2021 3pm ET
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Over the past twenty years Latin American societies have been innovating a new culturally rooted form of democracy: the grassroots-driven construction of plurinational states that center Indigenous and gender justice. This panel features three Indigenous women congressional and political leaders of the movements for a plurinational state in Chile, Guatemala, and Peru: Elisa Loncón (Mapuche), Thelma Cabrera (Maya Mam), and Tania Pariona (Quechua). Settler colonial legacies, including neoliberal constitutions built amid authoritarian regimes, have legitimated the poverty, racism, and anti-Indigenous gendered violence that have most brutally impacted Indigenous women. Now Indigenous women are at the forefront of building inclusive, plurinational states that guarantee territorial autonomy, political participation, and gender justice.
  • Elisa Loncón (Mapuche), President of the Constitutional Convention of Chile.
  • Thelma Cabrera (Maya Mam),Former presidential candidate of Guatemala.
  • Tania Pariona (Quechua), Former Congresswoman of Peru.
Facilitated and organized by historian Renzo Aroni (Quechua) and anthropologist Czarina Aggabao Thelen (Ibanag / Tagalog).



  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
  • Center for Mexico and Central America
  • Institute of Latin American Studies