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Juan Gregorio Palechor: The Story of My Life
by Myriam Jimeno
translated by Andy Klatt
Duke University Press, 2014
Cloth: 978-0-8223-5522-9 | Paper: 978-0-8223-5537-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8223-7735-1
Library of Congress Classification F3429.3.Y3P35513 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 986.10635

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The Colombian activist Juan Gregorio Palechor (1923–1992) dedicated his life to championing indigenous rights in Cauca, a department in the southwest of Colombia, where he helped found the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca. Recounting his life story in collaboration with the Colombian anthropologist Myriam Jimeno, Palechor traces his political awakening, his experiences in national politics, the disillusionment that resulted, and his turn to a more radical activism aimed at confronting ethnic discrimination and fighting for indigenous territorial and political sovereignty.

Palechor's lively memoir is complemented by Jimeno's reflections on autobiography as an anthropological tool and on the oppressive social and political conditions faced by Colombia's indigenous peoples. A faithful and fluent transcription of Palechor's life story, this work is a uniquely valuable resource for understanding the contemporary indigenous rights movements in Colombia.

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