Not for sale, just to protect: Wallmapu’s water!

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LEA LA VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL ABAJO

This week, we bring poetry, documentaries, and mobilizations from the Wallmapu, the ancestral Mapuche land both east and west of the Andes.

MOBILIZATION 

The words written by Maria Teresa Panchillo, María Huenuñir, Lorenzo Ayllapán, Jaime Luis Huenún, Graciela Huinao, and Rayen Kvyeh are part of the cultural expressions that are currently defending the Wallmapu’s water. Their verses and stories are part of our anthology Indigenous Message on Water.

Carátula libro

READ here = https://waterandpeace.wordpress.com/from-the-elders/

Because of their words, we know of the long battle of the Mapuche nation against the monoculture forestry, the hydroelectric dams, and the Chilean state’s terrorism in this region. Therefore, in solidarity with the Mapuche struggle, and in celebration of EARTH DAY on April 22nd, we would like to invite you to support the IV Transnational Mobilization in Defending Water and Territory, April 23th and 24th, 2016 in Temuko (Wallmapu/Chile). Here is the call for action:

Our group has chosen the Araucania Region to propel a new decentralized agenda. We want to support the cultural expressions that defend the territory against the Chilean state’s violent project of extracting the ancestral territory of the Wallmapu; specifically, the forestry/mining/energy/water industries, which violate the Mapuche’s Human Rights… (Read the full document in Spanish=> http://aguaenmarcha.cl/wp/encuentro-plurinacional/)

el agua no se vende se defiende

SEEDING POVERTY

The pine and eucalyptus cellulose industry is, after copper,  the most lucrative export of the Chilean economy. The forestry industry’s fund (Fondo Maderero) is a privileged budget of the State, supported by Law 701 (signed by the dictator Pinochet in 1974), which favors private companies such as ARAUCO, and CMBC.

In addition to the historical tensions, and the state’s complicity in these decisions, there is currently a paradox in monoculture forestry in the Wallmapu/Chile: the Chilean State talks about a cellulose forest, while the Mapuche movement talks about the native forest. After forty years of monoculture forestry, there are currently 2.5 million pine and eucalyptus hectares in the south-central region of the Wallmapu. As explained by the documentary Plantar pobreza: el negocio forestal en Chile, the main problem with the non-native tree monoculture is that since the tress are all the same age, they modify the native soil’s hydric balance, drying the aquifer that guarantees the communities’ wells and food sovereignty. Also, the pine’s turpentine, added to the dry soil, is producing spontaneous forest fires.

In order to contextualize the IV Transnational Mobilization, we would like to recommend the news report  “The Mapuche of Chile – Struggle for Territorial Rights and Justice”, produced by Deutsche Welle:

WATCH HERE = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41pnfq27Oak 

SEEDING POETRY

On March 17th, 2014, during the book launch for the Indigenous Message on Water in London (Ontario, Canada), Rayen Kvyeh participated via Skype from Temuko. She kindly shared an historical background of the Mapuche struggle in the Araucania (south-central region of the Wallmapu). She told us about the Quillín treaty, signed in 1641, in which the Spanish crown recognized the Independent Mapuche Nation, south of the Bíobío River. She also reminded us that the Chilean State ignored this treaty, and between 1830 and 1881, occupied the Mapuche territory, burning the rukas (houses) and crops, and stealing the cattle. Today, despite the fact that the Chilean state is criminalizing the pacific protest, and is using the anti-terrorism law against the Mapuche advocates, Rayen Kvyeh and the Mapuche writers, journalists, filmmakers, Elders, send us hope with their strength.

WATCH here the Mapuche political prisoners’ lawyer  reflect on the 2015 Inter-American Court decision in favour  of the Wallmapu => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1mjMgOSE3Y

From the Bíobío River to Temuko, we would like to leave you today with the Kvyeh’s poem, “Fíu fíu – Bío bío”, part of the Indigenous Message on Water:

The rivers flow like blood upon the earth

Hauling along the dreams of my Elders

the food of our freedom.

That’s why, Bío Bío,

they imprision you behind a dam.

FUXALEUFU

You, who carries the breath of araucaria trees.

You, who tells

LAFKENMAPU stories

and transmits the snow message

in the weeping winter

and Water for my siblings.

That’s why, Bío-Bío,

they want you, Majestic River.

Foreign men

do not see our history’s heartbeat

in your Waters.

They want to halt your song

and silence our ancestral native voices.

Condors of the sun kiss your Waters.

My ancestors are rising up!                  (Indigenous Message… 128)

If you like this post, please share it, and walk with us on April 23th, wherever you are, with the IV Transnational Mobilization in Defending Water and Territory.

Until next week!

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¡EL AGUA NO SE VENDE, EL AGUA SE DEFIENDE!: WALLMAPU

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Poeta Rayen Kvyeh. FOTO: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

Esta semana traemos poesía, documental y marcha pacífica desde el Wallmapu, la nación Mapuche al este y al oeste de los Andes.

¡MARCHA!

Dentro de las diversas expresiones que defienden el agua en el Wallmapu, está la poesía de Maria Teresa Panchillo, María Huenuñir, Lorenzo Ayllapán, Jaime Luis Huenún, Graciela Huinao, y Rayen Kvyeh, quienes hicieron parte de nuestra antología Mensaje Indígena de Agua

Libro Piedra

Descargar aquí antología=> https://waterandpeace.wordpress.com/from-the-elders/ 

Por ellos, conocemos las luchas de la nación Mapuche contra los monocultivos forestales, las represas hidroeléctricas, y el terrorismo de estado. Este es el mensaje de María Teresa Panchillo, María Huenuñir y Lorenzo Ayllapan, cuando visitaron Montreal (Hochelaga) en septiembre de 2012 => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S28nCznrFUg

Con este encuentro en la memoria, y celebrando el DIA DE LA TIERRA, hoy queremos invitarlos a que acompañen el próximo 23 y 24 de abril en Temuko (Wallmapu/Chile) la IV Marcha del Movimiento Plurinacional por la Defensa de las Aguas y los Territorios. Aquí el comunicado:

El movimiento ha definido la Región de la Araucanía para reimpulsar su nueva agenda de trabajo como acto de descentralización, como también, para respaldar las diversas expresiones que defienden los territorios ante la violenta ofensiva estatal-empresarial por establecer nuevas formas de invasión y saqueo a los territorios ancestrales de Wallmapu, particularmente, las relacionadas con la industria forestal, energética, acuícola, agroindustrial e incluso minera, transgrediendo derechos humanos de una amplia población… (Leer el comunicado completo aquí =>http://aguaenmarcha.cl/wp/encuentro-plurinacional/)

Por favor pasen la voz, compartan este post, y el 23 de abril caminen con la Marcha Plurinacional donde quiera que estén.

¡Hasta la próxima semana!

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