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In early October, the military
government of Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molina massacred a
peaceful protest held by Indigenous K'iche protestors from
Totonicapán, resulting in the death of seven men and leaving
thirty-four others injured. Totonicapán, a department in the western
highlands of Guatemala, holds an Indigenous K'iche majority
population. Despite being one of the poorest and most
malnourished of the departments in Guatemala, it also has been ranked
as one of the most peaceful, ranking third to last for rates of
In pictures: 2012 March of Resistance in Guatemala
On October 12, the government of
Guatemala commemorates the Dia
de la Hispanidad, the day Colombus arrived to the
Americas. For the nation's Indigenous Peoples, however, it's a day of
remembrance of the genocide carried out against past generations and
a call to action reinstating resistance to the oppression, exclusion,
and violence Indigenous Peoples have faced over a half century since
Columbus's arrival. Each year leaders of grassroots Indigenous
organizations convoke a march through Guatemala City to the, past the
supreme court, the congress of the republic, to the central plaza and
the presidential palace, to highlight the most pressing issues for
Indigenous Peoples nation-wide, including the legalization of
Community Radio Stations Focus on Communication for
The second annual national
conference of community radio stations was held in Guatemala on
October 10-12 with the participation of over 30 community radio
stations from around the country. The conference aimed to
strengthen the identity of the movement of community radio stations
in Guatemala as agents of social change in the face of an
increasingly oppressive political regime.
Community Radio Station Doble Via Raided by Guatemalan
On Thursday, October 11th, the
community radio station Radio Doble Via, of San Mateo,
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala was raided by police and equipment
confiscated. At 10am, four agents of the Public Prosecutors Office
and six members of the National Police forced entry into the station.
Due to an alarm system established by station founder Alberto
Recinos, the community of San Mateo realized the station was in
danger and arrived in numbers to defend the station, its personnel,
Community Radio Exchange: Radio San José and Radio
On October 6th and 7th, three
volunteers from the community radio station Radio La Voz de
Palestina, of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala travelled 30 minutes down the
winding highway to the town of San José Caben in San Marcos,
Guatemala to visit the community radio station La Radio San José.
Accompanied by CS staff, the two radio stations were participating in
an exchange ideas, best practices, and community activism.
This month program manager Jennifer Weston met with six
Innu tribal members from Sheshatshiu, Labrador to discuss Native
American language revitalization programs in the U.S., and the status
of the Innu language in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and
Labrador and Quebec. Three students, two teachers, and a
community-based artist from the Sheshatshiu Innu School visited Cultural
Survival's offices while taking time off from an exhibition they
helped develop with the Phillips Academy Addison Gallery of American
Art in Andover, Massachusetts.
Language Film Screenings October - November 2012
The Makepeace Productions documentary WE STILL LIVE HERE: Âs
Nutayuneân, produced with the assistance of Cultural
Survival's Endangered Languages Program, travelled this month to a
series of ten workshops in Bosnia and Herzegovina with director Anne
Makepeace as part of the U.S. Department of State's American Film
Showcase program that hosts screenings and discussions at
international embassies, universities, and diverse community
Survival's new Indigenous languages web platform went live in
August. Have you visited the site's language revitalization
program profiles, videos, news, and events calendar? New Teaching and Learning Resources
links, and funding opportunities for
language revitalization programs have been added, as well as a new job opportunity to translate
children's books into Native American languages!
Please send us
your translation and immersion jobs, and upcoming language events. We
want to showcase innovative language immersion programs and
success stories in training new fluent speakers. Write us at LG@cs.org