With its streets full of the smells of savory Caribbean and Latin cuisine, its sounds of many languages, and its population of Haitian, Mayan, and Latino peoples, one might mentally place the town of Immokalee in any number of locations, but probably not Florida. English is seldom heard here and Americans rarely seen in this town, which serves as a bedroom community for tens of thousands of migrant workers.
Thousands of candles flicker in the dim chamber. The air is thick with the smoke from copal incense. On the altar, men in black wool tunics and white knee-length pants play solemn music on drums and gourds. Below them, a score of Tzotzil Indians chant in small circles on the pine needle-covered floor. In the center of each circle are candles, eggs, copal and pox
Originally published in 2002, this report by Other Worlds Program Coordinator Beverly Bell explores the organization and impact of cross-border social movements in the Americas.
In the final years of the 20th Century and the dawn of the 21st, indigenous movements have been changing the face of Latin America. Who are these peoples? What are these movements that refuse to be excluded from social discourse and political developments, and which are causing so much concern among Latin American governments?