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Sumak Kawsay in my life

How can you incorporate Sumak Kawsay into your own personal story, or your own construction of identity? This question was posed to Sophie Schectman and the rest of our Rehearsing Change students last semester as part of our course, “Identity and Place.” Here is the context, also written by Sophie, for which the below story comes… Sumak Kawsay is an ancient term in Kichwa. In South America, many indigenous people live by this idea, which teaches that we are all one. One community of plants, animals, humans, nature, past, present, future, our ancestors, our children. We are all connected. While I read about this concept for class, I gathered much more knowledge by learning with the Tzawata co

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