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.

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.

Hoovert: La Escuela

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.

Hoovert: La Resistencia

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.

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.

Hoovert: Territorios

The preservation of the territory is our main job. From 1998 to 2010 we have created 3 categories of reserve here: the natural regional park, composed of 25,000 hectares, with the CVC taking care of it. Second, a full management district with 7,703 hectares. Thirdly, we have the national natural marine park “Uramba Bahía Málaga”. There is no other national park in Colombia that works for the preservation of people and their culture. This is the only park that has something like that.

Hoovert: Labriegos

boat on beach

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.