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David Dudenhoefer


Articles by David Dudenhoefer

That Sinking Feeling

That Sinking Feeling

For centuries, the Guna (a.k.a. Kuna) Indians have successfully defended their territory on Panama’s Caribbean coast. They allied themselves with French pirates to fend off the Spaniards during the colonial era, and revolted against Panamanian authorities in 1925 to demand the autonomy that they now enjoy. Today, they an...
Guatemala’s Mayans Take Their Demands to New Government

Guatemala’s Mayans Take Their Demands to New Government

Lucas Garcia Pop, a 30-year-old Q’eqchi Mayan farmer, lost everything last year when he and his neighbors were evicted from Finca San Pablo Pomoxón, a sugar plantation in the Polochic Valley, in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. “The soldiers burned our houses and our crops. Now we don’t anywhere...
Activists in Peru Denounce Plans for Uncontacted Native Lands

Activists in Peru Denounce Plans for Uncontacted Native Lands

With less than two weeks left in office, the administration of Peruvian President Alan Garcia faces a new controversy over its treatment of uncontacted Natives in the country’s Amazon region. Representatives of Native, environmental and human rights organizations in Peru have criticized new regulations proposed by the Ministry of for...