By María Teresa Valdivia Dounce
Translated and edited by Jeffrey M. Banister
Vol. 56, Number 3, Autumn 2014, pp. 365-553
I have been connected with the Guarijíos since the summer of 1978, when I was commissioned by the Instituto Nacional Indigenista (the National Indigenist Institute, or INI) to introduce federal government programs into the region.1 At that time the Guarijíos had nothing, and delivering the services that they were requesting was not an easy task because they did not even have access to land where we could set up our installations. It might seem an exaggeration to say that they lacked everything, but there are times when reality outstrips imagination...