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Story Publication logo December 2, 2019

The Stolen Holy Mount (Spanish)

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Image by Manuel Seoane. Bolivia, 2019.
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The area known as the Chiman Forest lies in the Bolivian Amazon and is the traditional home of five...

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The past froze in what was the San Ambrosio sawmill, where bales of wood left aged over the years. Image by Manuel Seoane. Bolivia, 2019.
The past froze in what was the San Ambrosio sawmill, where bales of wood left aged over the years. Image by Manuel Seoane. Bolivia, 2019.

It has taken 29 years since the March for Land and Dignity for five Indigenous communities in the Multi-Ethnic Indigenous Territory (Territorio Indígena Multiétnico — TIM) to obtain tenure over an area that formerly comprised timber concessions — rights that should have been returned to the communities in 2011.

The following is a fragment of the story of the Chiman of Maraca'tunsi and their return to their Holy Mount (Loma Santa), published in ANF and supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund in association with the Pulitzer Center.

To read the full version in Spanish, visit El Deber's website.