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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

No Land for Settlers

There is No Land for Settlers Indigenous People Land Right Struggles in the Northern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua is a project in which Ruth Matamoros is photographing Miskitu indigenous people in the Northern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. She wishes to illustrate the political, territorial, sociocultural and environmental resistance they are leading against extractivism and colonization of their lands by non-indigenous settlers, locally known as colonos.

There is No Land for Settlers  

Indigenous People Land Right Struggles in the Northern Coast of Nicaragua

  Student Media Grant Program 

by Ruth Matamoros

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No Hay Tierra para Colonos (There is no Land for Settlers) 



Ruth Matamoros Mercado is a University of Texas student completing her Latin America Doctoral Program. She traveled to Nicaragua in the Summer of 2021 to complete her Student Media Grant Program. Through her project, Ruth seeks to illustrate the political, territorial, sociocultural, and environmental resistance that indigenous communities of the Moskitian, in the Northern Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua are leading against extractivism and colonization of their lands. Her blog aims to serve as a space where indigenous people can amplify their voices and showcase their struggle for survival.

Blog 1 - Women Empowerment and Food Security (June 2021)

LINK:  Deconstructing Domestic Spaces: Women Empowerment and Food Sovereignty in a Colonized

 Context. June 2021 

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Blog 2 - Tasba Raya. Between Oblivion, Violence, and Impunity (July 2021)

LINK:  Tasba Raya Between Oblivion and Violence 

In her 2nd Blog post, Ruth Matamoros describes the origin and status of land-related conflict in the Mayangna Territory. Her photographs include burial sites for community members and leaders who were murdered for defending their territory. 


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MoreBlog 3 - Identity Based Participation, Agency and Resistance in a Colonized Context (Aug 2021) 

Blog 3 - Sihkru Tara - Identity, Agency, and Resistance (Aug 2021)

LINK:  Sihkru Tara Cultural Festival


In her last Blog post, Ruth Matamoros reflects on the cultural festival Sihkru Tara as the representation of collective identity-based participation, agency and resistance among the Miskitu people. 

LINK:  FINAL SMGP PRESENTATION by Ruth Matamoros

Ruth Matamoros offered a presentation about her project to Conflict and Development Center and USAID representatives.  

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