"VOF Week 4: (Following the steps of my ancestors)."
Last January I visited Elena. She lives in a little town in rural area. She is about years old. She never went to school as many other women in my country. As it happens up to know, if there are female children in a family, they are the first to abandon school to help with the housework, to take care of younger children. Elena never learnt how to write or read, but she keeps the wisdom and knowledge of life inherited from her mother and grandmother. Sitted on the earth, touching the grass and the beautiful flowers of her house, I listen to her. She has a lot tos ay. For me, it is important to listen to Elena and to other old people because they are a living history. It doesn´t matter whether I have to travel long hours in a bus and to walk other hours to arrive to her house. I have a lot to learn from her and other grandparents. Spiritually I am linked to nature and to pachamama (mother land) as my ancestors were and my visión of life will always be related to that. There is nothing more important than to keep my identity and the identity of my community. From the different indigenous peoples from my country, I am part of aymara indigenous people. So, to contribute to the revitalization of my culture is something that will always be present in my actions.
Here mass media is controlled mostly by prívate enterprises. I see that it is nearly imposible for a common citizen to access that group of Tv channels, radios or newspapers to communicate something. I think that being a Correspondent will help me arrive to an audience to share what reality of indigenous peoples here is. Although for one part, there are limitations to be listened, there are also other open doors which could allow us to get to people who would probably like to know what happens in this part of the world.
I would like to be a Correspondent because we have something in common, we are women, with similarities or differences, we are half of the world and we have a lot to learn from each other. For other part, life of women and men belonging to indigenous peoples not only here but also in other countries has always been linked to the respectul use of resources in nature, but for some reasons that ways of perceiving life has been neglected mainly by huge enterprises. Our planet is suffering and I think it it important to recover the wisdom and knowledge left by indigenous peoples and to show that to the world.
For me, we share the same house, our planet, which is our big community. Each thing we do affects positively or negatively to it and to the other members. I think that whether one can be here or there, our beliefs guide our lives in relationship with our communities.
I want to thank to each of you who take her or his time to read this post and my previous posts. I feel happy when I know that somebody is interested in what I have to say. That is of great help for me. Thanks a lot.