Finding the way to a sustainable development is not the job of merely one person or one sector of the population, it is a consensus, it is the sum of experiences, knowledge and desires of the people, communities, and societies that believe that building a future in which all the voices converge. All of these factors are necessary to overcome limitations and rediscover the path that may have seem lost.
For the Patronato Pro Zona Mazahua A.C., structuring this path means creating a space for the people that want to be listened and want to learn from the experience of those who are in the same shoes as them. Because of this, in the year 2009 communitarian leaders were proposed from the Náhuatl, Hñahñu, Chontal, Purépecha, Tepehua, Mayan, Chinantec, Zapoteco, Mixe, Huichol, Cora, Taraumara, Tsotsil, Chol, Tsetsal, Totonaca, Mazahua, Tlahuica and Zapoteca communities to build an alliance to join forces, basing themselves on a mutual commitment to achieve the development of indigenous communities with the creative, reassuring, shared, and equal support from their peers in the civil society, as well as the academic and business sectors. To build an alliance that is an expression of brotherhood among the sectors of the Mexican society.
To this end, the first Indigenous Mexico Encounter is called, which is called “A New Dawn” by the indigenous communities. With the support of different sectors of the society interested in the sustainable development of indigenous communities, the first Indigenous Mexico Encounter “A New Dawn” is held in Mexico City. People from sixteen states of Mexico attended with the sole purpose of finding an opening point to start the path towards development. Indigenous leaders presented and analyzed the poverty and marginalization that affects them, the lack of work, diseases, the constant degradation of their natural resources, the contamination of their water, their stolen future. They also discussed opinions, proposals, ideas that turn from person to person, language to language, which are written, drawn, shared, and discovered, that the path they are looking for is paved with dialogue, commitment, a lot of work, but mainly, solidarity and brotherhood among different costumes and languages and similar stories. People whose eyes see the same thing, but at the same time are very different.
At the end of three days of sharing and analyzing, it was decided that the education in communities must be imparted in their own language, taking up the values and worldview in every single community.
That humans are the custodians of nature, of trees, of rivers, of great mountains, of fiery desserts, of jungles, of eagles and butterflies, of tigers and deer, we do not own them, we are merely their care takers, me must respect it and not attack it. Work with nature, not against nature.
Clinics, hospitals, doctors in communities, allopathic medicine, operation tables, vaccines, but mainly the strengthening of traditional medicine are needed. The true value of medicinal plants, prayers, and traditional medical efforts must be recognized.
That everything that is built in indigenous communities has to serve for their development, and it must be carried out with participation, so they can serve to improve the living conditions with respect for their uses and customs.
The path to development must salvage the cultural identity, expressed in traditions, ceremonies, rituals, languages, gastronomy, crafts, uses and customs, costumes, intercultural identity, transmitting to children our cultural heritage. Family as a vehicle for the rescue of traditions.