Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Quỳnh N. Phạm

Second Advisor

Stephen Zavestoski

Third Advisor



Indigenous women's voices have long been silenced in society, including the academic realm. The brutality of colonization toward Indigenous women's gender and racial identities has kept them isolated and suppressed up to the present time. For the last twenty-seven years, the Ejército Zapatista Liberación Nacional (EZLN) of Chiapas, Mexico, has campaigned against the Eurocentric ideologies that permeated post-colonization and influenced the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples significantly the discrimination of Indigenous women and other non-binary genders outside these Eurocentric definitions. This research aims to determine the effects of colonial gender existence and, through its deconstruction, also examines the destruction of environments. This project examines an interpretive approach and uses primary sources such as the EZLN Enlace archive to voice Indigenous resistance. This research demonstrates the solidarity to decolonize and bridge anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchy movements with principles of Zapatismo and build spaces and futures where many environments and humans thrive or, as they say, A World Where Many Worlds Fit.