Working people were challenged by fraudulent government officials and an American oil company, while having to work under poor conditions. With so much to endure at once on many levels, the volcano erupts in the form of fire and barricades on their roadways.
Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) July 24, 2009
In the eyes of many South American people, the free trade agreement with the United States is a sour deal that has impoverished countries and opened a floodgate of environmental issues. In her new book, They Carry Their Own Water: A Day in the Life of Indigenous Indians In Ecuador (published by AuthorHouse), Nancy Milakovic McGann documents a day of protesting by a movement of outraged people in Ecuador.
They Carry Their Own Water offers a genuine look at the people of Ecuador and their plight. McGann witnessed firsthand a dramatic protest on the Pan American Highway between the town of Ambato and state capitol of Quito, Ecuador, in the Andes Mountains. She shares her experiences and gives readers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Ecuadorians through honest language and compelling photography.
"The year 2006 for Ecuador was not unlike any previous years they experienced," McGann writes. "Working people were challenged by fraudulent government officials and an American oil company, while having to work under poor conditions. With so much to endure at once on many levels, the volcano erupts in the form of fire and barricades on their roadways."
As McGann's journey along the Pan American Highway unfolds, she collects images and insights into the turmoil surrounding the impoverished people of the country--the indigenous people and those impacted by the fiery landscape their country has become. Stunning photography of a seemingly pristine landscape mingles with shots of everyday travelers halted by the long-reaching impact of powerful corporations and government deals.
In her book, McGann calls to task a variety of business arrangements that have scarred entire communities. She cites a letter signed by Jane Goodall and evolutionary biologist E.O.Wilson objecting to oil company road projects threatening a swath of Amazon rainforest in Yasuni National Park. In another instance, pressure from activists persuaded Ecuador's energy minister to put the American Occidental Petroleum Corporation on alert for alleged illegal business dealings. The contract was ultimately terminated and U.S. officials responded by suspending negotiations.
"The cry of the people rings clear and the resounding peals stand for a life with dignity, equality and compassion for one another," McGann writes. "A revolt is coming but not in the traditional sense. The next revolution will be an evolution of heart and soul where we help one another in selfless service, and in that process we will be saving ourselves and our world in which we live, love and share."
About the Author: Nancy Milakovic McGann grew up in northern Indiana near Chicago and the sand dunes of Lake Michigan. A self-described "truth-seeker," she has explored numerous religions and traveled extensively. McGann is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. They Carry Their Own Water is her first book. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the indigenous groups in Ecuador. http://www.theycarrytheirownwater.com
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