Accepted paper:

La "selva es nuestra madre y el origen de la vida": Siona notion of wellbeing

Authors:

Emilia Ferraro (University of St. Andrews)
Sandro Piaguaje

Paper short abstract:

This paper relates Siona’s concept of wellbeing “from the inside” through the words of the Siona’s spokesperson. Siona people believe that healing their wounded territory (la Selva) and thus restoring its wellbeing is the only possible way to human survival and wellbeing.

Paper long abstract:

This paper relates Siona people's concept of wellbeing "from the inside" through the words of the Siona spokesperson. Siona People live along the Putumayo river, across the boundaries between Colombia and Ecuador. Target of the "plan Colombia", the area is plagued with a number of military, economic, and social conflicts. Siona concept of wellbeing does not operate any difference between human, social and environmental well-being. Furthermore, they are adamant that healing their wounded territory (la Selva) and thus restoring its wellbeing is the only possible way to human survival and wellbeing.

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