mural in central Quito, Ecuador, created to raise the profile of 6 Amazonian and 3 Andean indigenous territories and the women leading their defense from fossil fuel extraction, mining projects, and agricultural laws that threaten food sovereignty and erase ancestral culture.
The mural’s content was determined in meetings, interviews, storytelling sessions and explorations in the Amazon and in a small Andean community near Otavalo, conducted with active protectors from indigenous frontline communities and Mona through the facilitation of members of Acción Ecologica, Tierra es Vida, Voces del Maís and Saramanta Warmicuna.
The artwork of the mural itself was undertaken by Mona Caron in collaboration with Raúl Ayala, artist and activist from Quito. Additional help came from David Ceballos and members of the Minka Urbana.
The women depicted in the mural are 6 Amazonian and 3 andean indigenous women who were chosen by their piers during mural concept meeting. The women depicted on the mural are:
Zoila Castillo, Gloria Ushigua, Cristina Gualinga, Rosa Gualinga, Alicia Weya Cahuiya, Dominga Antún, Blanca Chancoso, Carmen Lozano, Josefina Lema