Walking Together in Indigenous Research

Geographies of Emancipation and the Production of Autonomy in the P’urhépecha Forest

This paper is the result of ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the forest of Cherán in the Mexican state of Michoacán. I used ethnography and participant observation, resulting from long-term investigations and interventions. I was an artist-researcher in residence at El Colegio de Michoacán from 2015 to 2018, exploring various articulations of colonial violence manifested in diverse forms of extraction, state-sponsored violence, land appropriation, and enforced disappearance. My research was approved and supported by the Concejo Mayor de Gobierno Comunal de Cherán K ́eri 2015–2018, the main Indigenous authority in the community.

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