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The Tarahumara Struggle to Save Their Lands in Mexico's Famous Copper Canyon

Randall Gingrich - Tierra Nativa Network
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July 10, 2016

Divisadero Tierra Tarahumara (Tierra Nativa Network)

The Tarahumara community of Mogotavo struggles against forced relocation by tourism developers in the Copper Canyon region near the famed Divisadero trainstop and overlook. The Tarahumara, also known as Raramuri are struggling for recognition of the lands they have inhabited for centuries which were subdivided and sold to government and private tourist developers and hotel owners.

The government owned Fideicomiso (Trust) Barranca del Cobre which holds title to part of Mogotavo territory has built a tramway and plans to build gold courses, hotels and a mechanized "adventure park" in Mogotavo territory. The Tarahumara are in court to annul these titles and gain recognition of their territory, supported by Tierra Nativa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to support, legal and technical services for endangered indigenous communities.

"Divisadero Tierra Raramuri," produced by Tierra Nativa details the cultural impacts, strategies, challenges and success the Tarahumara have had in defending their territory against all odds.

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