Indigenous mobilizations in the new B’ak’tun

21.12.2012 Oxlajuj B'aktun

“Oxlajuj B’ak’tun is the time to strengthen ancestral wisdom and the practice and never-ending search for balance; it’s a moment in which we must transcend, raise the consciousness of human beings and recognize ourselves as such in order to reach a collective understanding. This means we must ensure that human beings be “truly human in balance with the cosmos and Mother Earth”, through interweaving and respect between cultures and the valuing of identity in every community. Lacking this, the link between the individual and their own reality is already impossible.”

“It is shameful on the part of the Guatemalan government to make the international community believe it is promoting the Maya culture, when it continues to develop an aggressive policy of appropriation of our natural resources. This manifests itself in hundreds of concessions and imposed mining projects, hydroelectric dams, oil extraction, monoculture crops for transnational companies, all in the name of false development as a method of domination and racism in Guatemala.”

THE WESTERN PEOPLE’S COUNCIL (CPO)
POLITICAL STATEMENT IN MARK OF OXLAJUJ B’AK’TUN

Full statement in English via NISGUA
Full statement in Spanish via CPO

Maya ceremony at Q'umarcaj, Quiché. Photo by Sebastián Labaronne, via Centro de Medios Independientes de Guatemala

Maya ceremony at Q’umarcaj, Quiché. Photo by Sebastián Labaronne, via Centro de Medios Independientes de Guatemala

“The word ‘development’ as such doesn’t exist in any of the original languages… the phrase ‘Utz Kaslemal’ is the good life, but it is not the same as ‘well-being’ because it has a thousand meanings. The good life for us is the enjoyment of a piece of land where food can be cultivated, where we share with all the beings that nourish life: the trees, the animals and everything that exists on this planet. So our vision of development is being able to be in harmony, coinhabiting and coexisting peacefully with one another. We don’t see this as a utopia, as a far off dream, but as something that we understand and believe, as the experience of our own communities, the community life that has survived for so long.”

Yoni Reyes, K’iche Peoples’ Council (CPK)
Interview by Guatemala Indymedia Center

Celebrations in the ancient Mayan site of Zaculeu marking the end of the Mayan Era known as 13 Baktun. Zaculeu, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. December 20, 2012. Photo via MiMundo.org

Celebrations in the ancient Mayan site of Zaculeu marking the end of the Mayan Era known as 13 Baktun. Zaculeu, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. December 20, 2012. Photo via MiMundo.org

IdleNoMore

“Canada’s placid winter surface has been broken by unprecedented protests by its aboriginal peoples. In just a few weeks, a small campaign launched against the Conservative government’s budget bill by four aboriginal women has expanded and transformed into a season of discontent: a cultural and political resurgence.”

“It has seen rallies in dozens of cities, a disruption of legislature, blockades of major highways, drumming flash mobs in malls, a flurry of Twitter activity under the hashtag #IdleNoMore and a hunger strike by Chief Theresa Spence, in a tepee minutes from Ottawa’s parliament. Into her tenth day, Spence says she is ‘willing to die for her people’ to get the prime minister, chiefs and Queen to discuss respect for historical treaties.”

Martin Lukacs, via The Guardian

DwayneBirdIdleNoMore

ZAPATISTASMARCH

“Para que nos vean nos tuvimos que cubrir la cara, para que nos escuchen tenemos que marchar en silencio.”

“In order to be seen we cover our faces, in order to be heard we must march in silence.”

Ocosingo, Chiapas. December 21, 2012. Photo: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago. Via Desinformemonos

Ocosingo, Chiapas. December 21, 2012. Photo: Moysés Zúñiga Santiago. Via Desinformemonos

Thousands of Zapatista support bases have made their presence felt in San Cristóbal, Ocosingo, Las Margaritas and Comitán. The indigenous people, mostly youth, arrived before dawn in the municipal capitals and set out in formation and strict silence. In Ocosingo they passed one by one in front of the municipal palace with fists raised.

Via  Desinformemonos  (Facebook)

Photo via Proyecto Ambulante Colextivo. Photo via Proyecto Ambulante Colextivo.

Photos via Proyecto Ambulante Colextivo (Facebook)

About cascadiasolidaria

Human rights and solidarity activist from Cascadia, North America, writing about issues of justice and security in Guatemala and Central America from a perspective of solidarity with human rights and social movements.
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