Yaqui Vicam Pueblo host International Defense of Water Conference
By Brenda Norrell
Update: Video summary in Spanish about final document from the International Forum on the Defense of Water
Greetings from the International Gathering for the Defense of Water, hosted by the Yaqui Traditional Authority, in Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico. The gathering, yesterday and today, Nov. 20-21, 2012, has brought together Indigenous Peoples from all areas of Mexico. In solidarity with the Zapatistas, Indigenous speakers included Yaqui leaders, and Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, one of the representatives of Mexico's Indigenous National Congress.
Rivas sang a sacred O'odham water song. She said the message of the song is, "Water is a sacred part of our life and we must honor the sacredness of the water."