Divisadero: Tierra Nativa Raramuri
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Divisadero: Tierra Nativa Raramuri

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John Ahni Schertow
February 14, 2015
 

State and private tourism developers of Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon have conspired for decades to take Tarahumara (Raramuri) lands. In 2008, the Community of Mogotavo received threats of forced relocation from their ancient homelands. The Tarahumara have resisted integration for centuries. With help from Tierra Nativa they are defending their territory. They envision eco-cultural tourism to enlighten visitors and create opportunities for cultural survival. They have suspended a mega tourism development on their lands. Their fate awaits decisions of courts that are beginning to recognize indigenous rights yet powerful forces are determined to wipe them out. Their plight is urgent.

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