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This chapter profiles the A´i Cofán People, whose traditional territories straddle the Colombia-Ecuador border, and their experience of colonization, natural resource extraction and exploitation on their land, the severing of their territory by the imposed land border, Colombian armed conflict, and neglect on behalf of state governments. This chapter demonstrates and explores the coping mechanisms that were developed in these communities to resist and survive these devastating phenomena. This chapter explains that the complex realities of living in borderlands are not limited to this space. The experiential relationship between the A´i Cofán People and the Colombia-Ecuador border is representative of similar experiences faced by other cross-border Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador.

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