A forum to address the implications of the Doctrine of Discovery in context of the standards established by the adoption on September 13, 2007 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Local - Regional - Continental - Global
“Yo soy O’dam de Durango Mexico. Muchos me han preguntado
que significa ser O’dam. Para
nosotros ser O’dam esSer Humano.”
“I am O’dam from Durango, Mexico. Many people have asked me what does it mean to be
O’dam. For us to be O’dam is to be
a Human Being.”
O'dam of Durango, Mexico
26,000 O’dam in Two Municipalities - Six Communities
Each Community has a defined territory.
"I am from the community of Santa Maria
“As Indigenous Peoples we have been marginalized and
excluded. They have called us ignorant savages without culture. They have
imposed ideas, languages and religions and this is why I believe it is
important that we elaborate these issues and we shall make our voice be heard.
That our ideas be known and that we will not be diminished.”
In Mexico, there are still spoken some 72 Indigenous
languages. We have lived through
the policy of Castillianization by imposition of the Spanish language upon of
our peoples. The object was to Hispanicize the Indigenous Peoples, and promote
the extermination of our native languages.
Yet in spite of all of this we are still here, looking
always for the way to continue moving forward, that our Human Rights should be
respected. Our rights to our
culture, to rights to our language, our right to be who we are.
I propose that we look to organize an encounter, to bring
together the O’dam from Durango, from Sonora, from Arizona and come together to
speak with each other about those things that we may want to discuss. Maybe in Mexico, maybe here in Arizona
and hopefully soon.