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Life in oil : Cofán survival in the petroleum fields of Amazonia

Author: Michael Cepek; Bear Guerra
Publisher: Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Oil is one of the world's most important commodities, but few people know how its extraction affects the residents of petroleum-producing regions. In the 1960s, the Texaco corporation discovered crude in the territory of Ecuador's indigenous Cofán nation. Within a decade, Ecuador had become a member of OPEC, and the Cofán watched as their forests fell, their rivers ran black, and their bodies succumbed to new  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cepek; Bear Guerra
ISBN: 9781477315088 147731508X 9781477315071 1477315071
OCLC Number: 989519859
Description: xiii, 286 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Black water --
Dureno --
The death of Yori'ye --
The Cocama arrive --
Damaged world --
Prohibition and protest --
The possibility of coexistence --
Life in oil.
Responsibility: Michael L. Cepek ; photographs by Bear Guerra.

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Revealing how the key fuel of the global era affects the communities where petroleum is extracted, this beautifully written ethnography describes how the Cofan people are surviving at the center of  Read more...

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