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Movements and Moments
Millaray Huichalaf: The protectress of the sacred river (La defensora del río sagrado)

Millaray Huichalaf (31) is a Machi, the spiritual guide and healer of her Mapuche Indigenous commune in the south of Chile. She leads the resistance against Statkraft, a Norwegian state company building hydroelectric plants that could destroy the delicate ecosystem of Pilmaiken, a river that is sacred to her culture. In the context of a long history of predatory colonization and a global climate, economic and health crisis, Machi Millaray's story embodies the moral courage of Indigenous women in defense of natural and spiritual ecosystems.

By Consuelo Terra and Greta di Girolamo


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