What: In Paris as a Senior Campaigner with Avaaz (avaaz.org)
Where: From Argentina
“Some indigenous people dress up and then become symbols, like furniture in the room. Others use it as a strategy to get their message across. And then there is a whole other group that says ‘We are people, we have a right to be, you know—we don’t need to wear things to show that we are indigenous.' So I really think it is about how the indigenous can position themselves.
“Sometimes we see some Amazonian leaders challenge that. They come, and they say ‘we don’t need to wear exotic things.’ And, well .. some think that wearing the clothes is important to get attention that they don’t get in their own countries. There is a lot of discrimination, especially in Latin America…but you should talk to someone other than a Western guy about this.”