MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Richard Hill


indigenous, Amazon, globalization, Zapatistas, indigeneity, resistance


In this current globalized world, indigenous populations, marginalized throughout history, face an increasing loss of their land and culture. In response to this homogenization of their culture, loss of their land, and the continuing lack of their political and economic rights, indigenous movements in Ecuador and Mexico rose up in the 1990s demanding an end to this marginalization. Through work with key allies and members of these communities, this investigation intends to understand and elucidate the indigenous perspective of the effects of western culture and globalization on these indigenous peoples, and their ways of resisting and living in this globalized world.