Below are images from the "THE GREAT MARCH FOR THE TERRITORY, IDENTITY AND CULTURE" submitted to SIREJ and Guaraní Museum by Miguel Valdivia, Secretary of the Parliament of Indigenous Nations of Amazonia, Oriente, and Chaco. Valdivia also participated as a student in a virtual program “Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice in Bolivia”. The program was offered online over the summer due to the pandemic through University of Oregon’s GEO, Global Engagement Oregon.
Valdiva is marching with the people while sharing news of the march as they make their way to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
“In destroyed and fragmented forests, hunting is no longer possible; our rivers run dry and there are no fish; forest fruit is increasingly scarce in indigenous territories and protected areas. On the other hand, we are all suffering from sudden environmental changes, very cold, high temperatures, torrential rains, increased hurricane force winds and, in a short time, it will be worse, with drought and then floods; for all these situations, we participated in "THE GREAT MARCH FOR THE TERRITORY, IDENTITY AND CULTURE" and the creation of the "PARLIAMENT OF NATIONS INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE AMAZON, EAST AND CHACO OF BOLIVIA ”. Today we need all the support of young people like us, the solidarity of the population with children, women, older adults of the generation of the 90s of the last century who marched for "Dignity and Territory" and who are now part of " THE GREAT MARCH FOR THE TERRITORY, IDENTITY AND CULTURE "
Créditos de las foto y Descripciones: Miguel Valdivia, Editado por Museo Guaraní y SIREJ // Photos Credits and Descriptions: Miguel Valdivia, Edited by Guaraní Museum and SIREJ
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