Estercilia Simanca

Estercilia Simanca was born in Caicemapa, a Wayuu community on the Colombian side of the Guajira.  She is a writer, an entrepreneur, and a lawyer. As a writer she has been widely recognized, both nationally, and internationally, and she was named one of the best Latin American woman writers of all time by the Spanish newspaper 20 minutos.  She writes mostly short stories, and among them are “El Encierro de una Pequeña Doncella” and “Manifiesta no saber firmar.”  “Manifiesta” inspired a documentary which won an Indigenous Contemporary Biennial Award in 2002.

  • Estercilia Simanca
    I’m not in a process of opposition to the re-establishment of Abya Yala; nor is it my intention for you to interpret this essay in any way as a defense of colonialism. I want to start by telling you t...


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