Ancestral Wisdom Governance and Rituals

Pastos woman performing a healing ritual.
Indigenous women representatives discussing with the national government of Colombia.

Modern day indigenous women have a different perception of the idea of Western feminism. They continue to fulfill what we see as a traditional gender role, however, that doesn’t mean that they cannot fulfill other roles in their societies. Women are visible in leadership positions such as indigenous governors and representatives of their communities in front of the national government. They continue to conduct important rituals and ceremonies and sometimes take on roles traditionally associated to men, such as working the land. Additionally, modern-day indigenous women continue to fight to recover the gender equality lost during the Conquista and the arrival of Christianity.