¡A Desalambrar! Capítulo Introductorio – Karla L. Escobar H.
A Desalambrar! (Tear Down the Fences!) It's a 5-episode micro-series based on the doctoral research of Karla L. Escobar H. titled "Citizenship, Justice, and Indigeneity: A History of Indigenous Legal Practices in Cauca - Colombia, 1880-1938". Throughout these five episodes, we will approach the stories of important indigenous leaders in the southwest of the country to analyze the legal-political strategies used by them to protect their territories, the transformations they underwent over time, as well as their strategies' scope and limitations. The series takes its name from the well-known song "¡A Desalambrar!" by Daniel Viglietti, which was popularized in Latin America by Víctor Jara and -in Colombia also by Ana and Jaime-. The lyrics were sung by indigenous people from Cauca during one of the many meetings that took place in the region in the 1970s, within the framework of the reconstitution of the indigenous councils, throughout the first years of the Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca (Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca). In the version that we remember here -and that serves as an intro for this series of videos- the singers added a new verse, in which they criticized the Agrarian Reform policies that were being carried out and made a call for collective mobilization. Although the video makes emphasis on the legal dimension of the story, the nature of the song reminds us that this battle was taking place in several spheres: political, social, and, of course, cultural.