‘It’s where we come from’: the River People in Mexico left without a river

 

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10/22/19 – The Guardian

By Nina Lakhani

They are called the River People, but they no longer have a river.

Inocencia González is the traditional tribal elder of the Cucapá – the River People – in northern Mexico. She spends her days beading traditional chaquira jewellery to sell at the community museum, and reminiscing about happier times spent fishing for tilapia and mullet.

González grew up in the Colorado River delta when the mighty waterway and lakes provided abundant food, water, medicines and spiritual nourishment for her people to thrive.

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