Excerpt From Essay
"In February 1994,1 attended a meeting on oil activities in the Ecuadorian Amazon held at the headquarters of CONFENIEA (Confederacion de Nacionalidades Indfgenas de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana), the regional confederation of Amazonian Indians in Ecuador. This was one of the first forums in which low- land mestizo peasant and indigenous leaders throughout the region gathered to discuss petroleum development in the Ecuadorian Amazon (or Oriente as the area is called). Only three months earlier a Philadelphia law firm had filed a class-action lawsuit against Texaco Inc. in the New York federal court on behalf of Amazonian mestizo peasants and Indians. The meeting focused on the lawsuit. Members of the lowland Indian federation with whom I was working asked me, along with a Quito-based environmentalist, to take part in discussions."
"Bobbittizing Texaco: Dis-Membering Corporate Capital and Re-Membering the Nation in Ecuador," Suzana Sawyer (150).