Resistance in an Amazonian Community: Huaorani Organizing against the Global Economy

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Chapter 3
PRACTICE AND PRAXIS
ONHAE in Action

As was previously discussed, ONHAE, like all activist organizations constructed on the basis of a particular racial, ethnic, or cultural group (ethnic entrepreneurship), must operate simultaneously within and across different social/cultural spheres. As a representative organization, its leaders must receive validation from and maintain the respect of the Huaorani community itself in order to preserve the organization’s credibility. At the same time, the central focus of the organization’s founding was to create an intermediary entity—one that could represent the Huaorani people effectively in the context of national (and international) society. In both of these realms respect for the organization and its leaders is indispensable in maintaining the effectiveness of the group. Over the relatively short history of the organization, ONHAE has developed practices or patterns of behavior and engagement which have allowed the leaders to build and maintain these relationships. In turn, these relationships are critical to the continued reproduction of ONHAE through time.

The regular practice of the ONHAE office and some of the routine activities of the leadership have already been described.

Notes for this section can be found on page 139.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - History and Background 25
  • Chapter 2 - Onhae 75
  • Chapter 3 - Practice and Praxis 105
  • Chapter 4 - Toward an Organizational Evaluation 142
  • Chapter 5 - Conclusion 157
  • Works Cited 166
  • Index 174
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