The Cofan tribes,
once a thriving community, have seen disease and forced migration reduce their population from 15,000 in 1970 to a few hundred today.

There are three indigenous communities that live in the area where Texaco operated: 

the Cofan the Secoya,  and the Siona.

These peoples have developed distinct cultures and traditions that are inextricably linked to the abundance of the rainforest where they have lived for thousands of years.

Texaco's toxic discharges have literally propelled these cultures to the brink of extinction. 


The Cofan, who numbered approximately 15,000 people when Texaco built its first well in
Ecuador on Cofan territory in 1971, have seen disease and forced migration reduce their population to a few hundred. 

The Secoya and Siona also have seen a dramatic decreases in their populations. 

The impact of the contamination on the primary rivers in the area —the Aguarico and the Napo — indicates why these indigenous cultures are tottering as a result of Texaco's practices.

The three aforementioned tribes have lived off of the riches of these two rivers and their tributaries for thousands of years — for food (fish), hygiene (bathing), and transport.

In scarcely more than two decades of oil development, these rivers have been rendered virtually useless as sources of nourishment. Because of the oil contamination, the indigenous peoples can no longer fish in the rivers. This has forced them to turn all of their attention to the hunt for animals, which has so decreased the gaming population that there is not enough food for adequate nourishment. 

As a result, young people are moving away to the cities, where they take (if they can find them) low-paying entry-level jobs in a cash economy. Often, indigenous peoples will do cleanup work for the very oil companies whose contamination has forced them to leave their historical lands. 

 Maria Aguinda and her Family  
   walking on the oil roads.

     Woman walking on road which is slicked  
    with toxic sludge from Texaco's waste pits 



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