Jimmy: What Do You Know How To Do?

trees covered in lights

They will ask you what do you know how to do, and if you can use the machinery he will hire you to do that work. And if you produce then he will hire you again and he will pay you. If you don’t produce, then, well that employer will say, “OK, have a good day, bye bye,” and they will not call you again.

Te preguntan qué es lo que sabes hacer, y si puedes usar la maquinaria, y te contratan para hacer el trabajo. Si produces bien te contratan otra vez y te pagan. Si no produces, pues entonces te dicen “Bye bye” y no te llaman otra vez.

Jimmy: Looking For Our Dollar

Men sitting in chairs

These are all my friends at the assembly here at Casa Latina. I’ve worked with this guy and with that guy, and with that guy, and all these people. We all get up very early to come looking for our dollar.

Estos son todos mis amigos en la asamblea aquí en Casa Latina. Yo he trabajado con éste y con éste otro, con todos ellos. Todos nos levantamos temprano cada día para venir buscando nuestro dólar.

Hoovert: Apropiación

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.

Ferney: El Raicero

This is the “Piangüímetro.” The Piangüa Route is an ecotourism destination, created and built by the women in the Bahía Málaga territories. It is a strategy to help improve the quality of life in the communities, to inclrease awareness of the environment, and to help preserve our natural resources by measuring the minimum size of shells that can be harvested.

Ferney: El Proceso

There has been a historical process, we understand that outside our territory there is unfair competition, we attack each other, the capitalist model absorbs us and we end up slaves of the model in the city. So, what I analyzed was that, to see how with the Community Council we can help improve the quality of life and thew well-being of the community.

Hoovert: Estigmas

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.

Hoovert: Construyendo Futuro

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.

Porfirio: Corteros

We have lived here from wood cutting, but it was very controlled, because when we see a big tree we can cut it down, when is a small one we can not. That is what we call ‘thinning’, we take the big trees and let the small ones grow. Then we declared some areas as conservation zones and we don’t cut wood there at all. Now that we are a Community Council, we have legal title to around 35.000 hectares of collective territories. We are all owners of this territory, and we can work with the government to create
projects that will give us our livelihoods. 

Fanny: De Cocinera A Sazonera

When I was ten years old, my mother taught me how to make a corn wrap (envuelto ). There are a lot of things you can do with corn. I learned to cook when I was 12 or 13 years old. Before they called us cooks, but now with study and thanks to the community council, they call us “sazoneras ” (seasoning ladies).

Hoovert: Trabajo Manual

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.