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, it has achieved its constitutional recognition, the incorporation of international treaties and a set of laws in favor of pre-existing peoples in what today is shown as Argentine territory. Beyond the validity of these regulations we observe a deficient or null implementation of these mandates, which implies that the rights that assist these peoples do not become effective.
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.
The work methodology that we employ involves the effort to overcome old voluntarist, paternalistic and clientelistic practices exercised from different interests: political, religious and even non-governmental organizations.
Our work method aims to build alternative spaces from which to achieve the organizational strengthening of inter and intracommunity and self-management processes.
Our way of working does not focus on the automatic response to the demands raised by organizations and communities, but points to a joint, collective and critical construction of these. Thus, from the discussion and exchange with all the actors involved in the design of the projects and a problematization of the terms in which the demands are raised, the collective and participative projects are constructed truly appropriate.
The members of Originarios believe that it is necessary to produce knowledge with the original populations within the framework of committed, consensual, critical and systematic work. It is fundamental for us to incorporate in the work the knowledge that each of the people shares, generating a new knowledge from the equal exchange. A knowledge that does not stop at appearances and that avoids prejudices and stigmas.
Support socio-cultural development projects that respond to specific requirements and that have the appropriate 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.