Por: Tania Eulalia Martinez Cruz, CASAS, 5 May 2020
Mexico is a diverse country and as such, each region is coping with COVID19 in different ways with the resources they have. Today, I will describe the coping mechanisms of my hometown, Tamazulapam Mixe, a little indigenous community located in the mountains of “Sierra Norte” in Oaxaca, Mexico. Many people know us as “the never conquered people”, who successfully resisted the colonizers when they came in the 1500s. We take pride in our maintained ‘sovereignty and autonomy’ connecting us to our territory and identity as Mixe or ‘Ayuuk’ people and which we have used to face many challenges like COVID19.
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Resisting in the mountains in Mexico: using territory and self-determination to resist COVID-19