Episode 5

To Serve with Love

Published on: 14th March, 2023

A passionate activist’s career to empower and inspire Indigenous women of the Americas over 25 years.

My guest is Tarcila Zea Rivera, President of RESIDENTA DEL CONSEJO DIRECTIVO of Chirapaq , Lima, Peru and Marie, our interpreter. 85% of our conversation is in Spanish. Dont’t worry, I’m not fluent in Spanish! We were lucky to have Marie as our translator. 

Tarcila’s activism has focused on the specific needs of Indigenous children and women in Ayacucho, her place of origin. Trying to improve the nutrition of Indigenous children with food from the native area, as a form of cultural affirmation. 

The presence of Tarcila Rivera Zea has been decisive in international forums such as those in Nairobi , Cairo , Beijing , Durban and in the United Nations a permanent forum on Indigenous Issues.


 Our conversation covers Tarcila’s work in South America and on the UN forum for Indigenous women.  We discussed some of the challenges facing Indigenous women like intellectual property, commerce, and racism at the highest levels. 

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About the Podcast

Empathetic Witness
Rethinking addictions
The podcast is a personal invitation to a conversation on addictions.

The format is one of compassionate Inquiry. Compassionate inquiry is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Maté, a Canadian physician who specializes in trauma and addictions.

Who is the target audience?

A person who struggles with addictions, or who knows someone who battles with drugs, alcohol, eating, shopping, over working, pornography, even iPhone, usage, how to curb your addiction, how to manage your addiction, and how to get rid of it completely. Also, someone who works in the field of addictions.

In this podcast you will hear important new perspective on addictions. I will give you content that will keep you interested and coming back for more. We will interview experts, reveal stories and success in addictions. We will give you tips to handle your addiction or to address the addictions of others. I invite you to listen to the podcast Empathetic Witness.

Do you sometimes unintentionally overhear other people's conversations?

We designed the podcasts like we are eavesdropping on a private conversation. It is unassuming, but direct. The interviewer’s questions anticipate what you, the listener may want expanded and clarified. We delve deeply into different types of addictions, alcohol, work, smoking, eating, shopping, sex, etc. the guests are selected for their expertise and reputation on the subject of addiction.

Your host is Angelina Pratt… over 25 years experience on addictions.

The first episode looks at the impact of colonization on how we view addictions, by the language we use, our attitudes, and our behavior. Once we can understand how colonization has impacted our Indigenous worldview, we can look at addictions more effectively. It is a journey. A healing journey that begins within a conversation, and we can begin the process of decolonizing.

The podcasts future episodes will explore how trauma impacts and creates addiction.

Some of the subjects we will be discussing are;

• What is addiction
• Residential School
• 60s scoop
• Adult children of alcoholics
• Adoption
• Abandonment
• Survivor's Guilt
• Child Welfare
• Harm Reduction
• Judicial system
• Loss of culture and language
• Global Pandemic 2020
• Solutions to addiction

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