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A Rebellion of Spirituality: On the Power of Indigenous Civil Resistance in Honduras

  • Mónica A. Maher
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Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Abstract

This chapter explores the power of spirituality as a driving force behind the process of civil resistance of the Lenca people of western Honduras against a World-Bank-financed project to build a hydroelectric dam on their sacred river. It looks at the key role played by environmental activist Berta Cáceres in successfully organizing the Lenca community through her organization, the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), to resist the dam project. It also examines the achievements of the Lenca’s civil resistance campaign, which eventually led to the withdrawal of the World Bank and the Chinese Sinohydro company, the largest hydroelectric company in the world, in 2013.

Keywords

Honduras civil resistance indigenous people spirituality natural resources women’s agency 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mónica A. Maher
    • 1
  1. 1.FLACSO EcuadorQuitoEcuador

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