The Foundation

NATIVE PEOPLES IN ARGENTINA

The native peoples that have inhabited the territory of what we know today as Argentina have historically been subjected to a process of alienation, invisibilization, exploitation and extermination, expressed under the effects of various forms, some of which still persist today.

In our recent history, the nation was built on the idea of the “non-existence” of native peoples, promoting the misunderstanding of a white and European state that denies our multiculturalism.

During the last decade of the twentieth century, native peoples have achieved constitutional recognition, the incorporation of international treaties and a set of laws in favor of their rights. Even though these regulations are in force, we observe a deficient or non-existent implementation of these mandates, implying that these peoples’ rights are not realized.

The native peoples still fight for their territories and their identity to be acknowledged, for a bilingual and intercultural education, for access to health care, and for the realization of all their rights. Ultimately, they fight to be acknowledged as a people.

However, this struggle is systematically invisibilized or stigmatized for society as a whole.

OUR METHODOLOGY

The working methodology we use involves an effort to overcome old voluntaryst, paternalistic practices, and the permanent patronage practices exercised from different interests: political, religious and even non-governmental organizations.

Our working method aims to build alternative spaces to achieve organizational strengthening inside and outside the community and self-management processes.

Our way of working is not just giving the organizations and communities what they ask us. Instead, we focus on their joint, collective and critical construction. Thus, problematizing the terms in which the demands are raised, collective and participatory projects are constructed appropriately.

We believe that genuine and persistent progress is achieved by working on specific, duly agreed, appropriate, participatory and related projects. In this way, each goal that is achieved produces a multiplier effect on the others. However, the conditions of extreme poverty and social, economic, political and cultural marginalization to which native peoples are subjected to, as well as the need to deepen the knowledge and actions about this reality, always require renewed efforts and support.

The members of Originarios believe that the production of new knowledge with the native peoples is necessary in a framework of consensual, critical and systematic work. We need new knowledge that disregards appearances and stops reproducing fallacies, prejudices and stigmas.

We believe that our way of working allow us to build a collective knowledge and practice in which all the parties contribute to transform this reality.

OUR AIMS

Support sociocultural development projects that meet specific requirements and have due support and active participation of its members.

Manage financial, material and human resources for the execution of these projects.
Promote the creation of networks for knowledge and experiences exchange, of knowledge production and strategies of action.

Contribute in the strengthening of the different organizational forms.

Co-produce communication and dissemination tools.