Amazonian Kichwa Leadership: The Circulation of Wealth and the Ambiguities of Mediation
In this chapter María A. Guzmán-Gallegos discusses the relationship between Native leadership and well-being.
María A. Guzmán-Gallegos argues that distinctive Amazonian notions of personhood have a bearing on the ways in which indigenous peoples relate to Native leadership as well as the ways in which they align themselves internally and the alliances they establish with non-indigenous actors. By looking at social interaction and the networks that emerge from a variety of local development projects, she suggests that Native leaders occupy an ambiguous position that alternates between attributions of sameness and alterity with regard to their constituents. She seeks to overcome the "implicit disciplinary divide between those works that focus on ethno-political mobilization and oppression, and those that focuses on indigenous ontological notions and cosmologies.