Canción Sin Miedo- Juntanza de Mujeres Indígenas Colombianas: An Indigenous and Feminist Protests


The protest song genre in Latin America has gained significant momentum during periods of democratic threat, gaining popularity through contributions from countries like Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and others. This phenomenon has given rise to movements such as "canción nueva" or "nueva trova." Notably, these songs are often performed in Spanish and Portuguese, imbued with a poetic language (Miryam Robayo, 2015). Moreover, certain genres, like "canción nueva," incorporate string instruments like the guitar, as well as indigenous or regional instruments (Robin Moore, 2006), infusing them with specific meaning and intent within the realm of protest. However, a limited engagement with indigenous languages in Latin America has been observed within protest songs. As a result, this proposal seeks to analyze the Cover of "Canción sin miedo," performed by indigenous women in Colombia. The aim is to delve into the protest's intent by utilizing indigenous languages in a composition originally written in Spanish. To accomplish this, the song's lyrics are initially dissected in relation to the issue it denounces (violence against women). Subsequently, the song is contextualized within the framework of the Colombian version's lyrics. Lastly, I explore the incorporation of indigenous languages within the song and their significance in the feminist protest. This endeavor seeks to illustrate that the song, beyond being a feminist protest, also represents a challenge to the system from the perspective of indigenous women, presenting the marginalization of indigenous women within the state.

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Andrea Bernal, Arizona State University, United States

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Ethnicity

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Bernal A. (2024) Canción Sin Miedo- Juntanza de Mujeres Indígenas Colombianas: An Indigenous and Feminist Protests ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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