Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 1, 2012

VIDEO Alejandro summarizes Indigenous Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora

Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny at the Comca'ac (Seri) sea
Photo Brenda Norrell


By Brenda Norrell, Censored News

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico -- Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny describes the gathering held in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Oct. 26-27, 2012. Guarijilos, O'odham, Yaqui, Comca'ac, Kickapoo, Mayo and Los Pimas, are struggling against theft of water, land and forests. Alejandro summarizes the two day gathering.
Alejandro describes how Indigenous leaders gathered to discuss ways to keep the traditions, language and culture alive, while sharing with others their purpose to focus on the spiritual, rather than the material world.
Mining is devastating Indigenous lands in Sonora, Mexico, including the O'odham ceremonial community of Quitovac, near the Arizona border.
The Los Pimas in southern Sonora are battling the destruction of their forests, which are being destroyed for charcoal for the US. The charcoal industry underpays Indian workers, with laborers paid only 50 cents to lift the heavy bags. The burn holes in the ground lead to injuries of children.
Indigenous gathered at the reunion included the Yoeme (Yaqui) land, the people are fighting the theft of their water from the Rio Yaqui by the city of Hermosillo.
Meanwhile, Guarijios battle a dam that could lead to relocation.

More coverage at Censored News of the Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora andComca’ac (Seri)
Video interview: O’odham Ofelia Rivas on Comca’ac land, at the sea
Sonora’s Indigenous unite to protect Mother Earth
Photo Comca’ac (Seri) reclaim ancestral land near Kino Bay, Sonora
SPANISH Video interview Guarijios battle dam and relocation in Sonora, Mexico
Photos of today's Indigenous Gathering of Spiritual Guides in Sonora
Yaqui battle theft of Rio Yaqui water
Traditional O'odham leaders support Guarijio fighting dam
Seri honored as Pillars of the World

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