OCTOBER 23, 1880


Born in Cauca, Columbia, Lame started the Indigenous Movement in 1911 and, in 1914, tried to establish an indigenous republic.  His movement grew into the “Guerra Racial.”  In 1921, after three years in jail, he joined the Tolima movement.  Lame founded the town of San Jose de Indias (1922) and set up 2 schools and a center for handling claims of indigenous people.  In 1924, he wrote the book The Thought of the Indian Educated in the Columbian Jungle.  Thereafter, Lame took to political action via lawsuits, lobbying on behalf the indigenous population and often imprisoned for doing so.  Lame continued his activism until his death on October 7, 1967, in Ortega, Tolima.  He inspired the Lamist movement, which sought vindication of indigenous rights under the Colombian Political Constitution of 1991, possession of tribal territories, the preservation of culture, education, participation in the legislature, and the self-governance. 

Source:  “Manuel Quintín Lame,” Biographies and Lives.  Retrieved 7/17/2019, https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=https://www.biografiasyvidas.com/biografia/l/lame_quintin.htm&prev=search
Photo:  Author unknown.  Date: Circa 1915.  Public Domain in the US:  Pre-1/1/1925.  Public Domain elsewhere where copyright term is author’s life plus 70 years or less.    

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