Between the forest and the roadBetween the Forest and the Road

The Waorani Struggle for Living Well in the Ecuadorian Oil Circuit

By Andrea Bravo Díaz

Berghahn, 2023

Between the Forest and the Road discusses one of the ways in which people experience well-being or aspire to live well in Ecuadorian Amazonia. During the past two decades Ecuadorians have engaged in a national debate around Buen Vivir (living well). Waponi Kewemonipa (living well) is a Waorani notion that embraces ideas of good conviviality, health and certain ecological relations. For the Waorani living along the oil roads, living well has taken many pathways. Notably, they have developed new spatial organizations as they move between several houses, and navigate between the economy of the market and the economy of the forest.

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About the author

Andrea Bravo Díaz is the Chief Editor of the Ecuadorian Institute of Cultural Heritage and is part of the research team at the Institute of Public Health at the Catholic University of Ecuador. She specialises in Ecuadorian Amazonia, while exploring collaborative methods for addressing health-related issues.


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