What characterizes La Plata Bahía Málaga as an ancestral territory of our black community is that the population has been here since 1624. This community is the expression of the expansion and territorial appropriation of that black community, initially on the islands and then on the mainland, and its path to improve the living conditions of its people.
We had a clear idea of the economic model we wanted from the very beginning, and how it would include the black people with low literacy and education. Staying in our territory and building the future of well-being that we dream of is important, because we know we are not welcome elsewhere. We go to the city and women end up in bedrooms and kitchens, men in construction; or in the past people would go North, in the 80s and 90s. People would go as stowaways to the U.S., or more recently, to Central
and South America. That is why we build our future here in our territory.
We are focused on building a future that allows us to support ourselves and to sustain the future generations that will maintain our territory. Territory is the place where the thoughts live, the thoughts of our elders, and those of our children. That is the most important thing. Other important prinicples and rights in our community are autonomy, participation, our own view of development, and self-determination. This is how we will improve collective welfare and how we can remain in our territory.
Schools need to improve. The malagueño that wants to grow and study won’t see the opportunities here to make it so he will look for them outside. That is something we want to change.
La escuela aquí neceista mejorar. Ese malagueño que quiere crecer y evolucionar educativamente, no ve allí las oportunidades para hacerlo, ni para fijarse al territorio, entonces los busca por fuera.
Here we have female and male resistance and that creates what Chinese people called the yin and the yang: while men reflect resistance in a strong relationship with the land, women reflect that resistance in a more concrete relationship with the territory, where there is more water and posibilities to produce, or at home with parenting, transmitting oral tradition, educating the kids.
We built everything with our own hands. This is a very continuous picture, although lots of the young people of new generation, are going away from the country, and they are going deep in the scientific-technical topics, putting away the relationship with nature.
Todo lo fabricamos con nuestras propias manos. Y es una fotografía muy continua, aunque gran parte de la nueva generación se está alejando un poco del monte y se está adentrando más en el tema técnico-científico dejando de lado la relación con la naturaleza.
A 'Labriego' is a native person from the territory who practices traditional production methods: he collects the harvest he has planted, he gets plantains and bananas, and if his situation does not allow him to have a little engine, he will do it with his canalete (paddle).
Un labriego es un nativo del territorio colectivo haciendo su práctica tradicional de producción que es recoger la cosecha que se tenga, se va por su plátano y si su condición no le permite tener un motorcito, lo hace con su canalete.
Men rely on women, from the first to the last moment of our lives. An important element in that relationship is the security of having food, delicious and healthy food, which gives strength to our spirit and soul, strength to remember our purpose to preserve our territory. These women, whom we call “sazoneras”, they are are kitchen wise.