Acknowledging The Yaqui
For in our own words we write, for we are the;
People, Communities, and Indigenous of Baja California, Chihuahua, Sonora and Sinaloa who, under the thumb of The Requirement, and for more than 520 years have suffered in our hearts and in our lives the war of extermination, one of the longest and bloodiest wars of living memory, by the political and economic power in power today – molted and perched authoritarian misrule.
We are the The Yaqui.
Consider that we have inhabited this territory for 2500 years, a place where we were born and have developed our existence, where mother earth provides us with everything for our life and like all the world’s indigenous peoples live as brothers, with plants, trees, animals, birds, insects, the air, the heat, the cold, the sun, moon, stars, earth and water, of which is our home, food and healing, for we are the source power (Juya ania).
Whereas in the territory of the Yaqui tribe, our people, made of earth and water and all that comes from them, build our culture, create and consolidate our own institutions, in the vicinity of the river uu jiame today known as Rio Yaqui, the current powers steal the waters of the basin to try to exterminate us and to feed large transnational businesses, real estate developments and speculation.
The Yaqui, indigenous peoples and the more than 50 million poor who inhabit the country, border extermination and the water of our Mother becomes privatized commodity.
And we say, Stop, to our brother. Reconsider your ways! Remember who you are!
~ Stephen J. Bergstrom