Seri honored as 'Pillars of the World'
Indigenous in Sonora, Mexico, struggle to maintain culture and language, while battling mining, dams, water theft and drug trafficking
By Brenda Norrell
Photos by Brenda Norrell: Seri honored Friday; Guarijio facing relocation from a dam, with their baskets.
BE' CHUK' (HERMOSILLO, Sonora, Mexico ) -- Today, Amacia Astorga and Adolfo Burgos, Comca'ac (Seri) were honored as Pillars of the World during the Second Reunion of the Spiritual Guides of the Region.
The discussions center on the spiritual well being of Sonora, including water, land, medicines, and all that is part of the culture, said Sonoran Studies Professor Alejandro Aguilar Zeleny.
The issues confronting Indigenous in Sonora include water diversion of Rio Yaqui; a dam project that will relocate the Guarijio; drug trafficking impacting Los Pimas; gold mining and mega agricultural development in the O'odham ceremonial community of Quitovac; and tourism development along the sea coast of the Comcaac (Seri) of the Gulf of California.
The Traditional O'odham government supported the Guarijio fighting a dam and released the following resolution of support.
Cu:Wi I-Gersk, Sonora, Mexico -- The Traditional O’odham Leaders of Sonora, Mexico are again astounded that the Mexican Government at this time of technological advancement has not acquired the basic principles of honesty and civilized decency in existence with the natural world. As within our region time and time again development is being permitted without respect or proper consultation to the local population. Development moves forward without transparent compliance to the cultural, environmental and biological statutes enacted by the government of Mexico.
The Guarijio have not been properly informed or afforded proper consultation with respect to transparent information regarding detailed project plans of the Los Pilares / Bicentenario dam project on the upper River Mayo in southeast Sonora State and the Guarijio have not been properly informed or afforded proper consultation of studies outlining negative impacts that will interrupt their livelihood.
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More coverage by Brenda Norrell of this week's Reunion of Spiritual Guides in Sonora and Comca’ac (Seri)
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Traditional O'odham leaders support Guarijio fighting dam