Randy Gingrich, Director of Tierra Nativa, will give a presentation entitled: Mexico's Tarahumara Land Struggle. A year and a half ago, Randy presented a talk on the Tarahumara struggles for land and dignity against loggers, narcos, and mega-tourism development at Collected Works Bookstore. This fall, he is traveling with a multi-media presentation including the US premier of a short (15 minute documentary) on a Tarahumara community struggling for survival against rapacious tourism developers.
The Tarahumara are renowned for their ultra-marathon running abilities thanks to Christopher MacDougal’s best seller, Born to Run. However, their struggle to survive and continue their cultural traditions in the face of multiple threats is their never ending test of endurance.
Randy has worked to support Tarahumara and other indigenous cultures in the Sierra Madre for 22 years, based in Chihuahua, with some hard won successes and constant challenges. Tierra Nativa is dedicated to accompanying indigenous communities in the Sierra struggling to protect their lands and natural resources while adapting to change in ways that preserve their culture.
Ireland: One Island, No Borders presents the country as seen through the eyes of one of its most famous and passionate sons, Gerry
Adams, the renowned leader of Sinn Fein, and Billups who fell in love with the country of her ancestors. This unique collaboration reveals the Ireland not always seen in guidebooks, as well as a side of Adams not usually captured in the news.
Elizabeth Billups is a Santa Fe-based photographer, philanthropist, and political activist. She is currently on Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s steering committee and Alliance for the Earth’s Guiding Council.She is co-founder of Apsara Global Arts, a company that supports artists and weavers in Cambodia and Laos. Billups also has worked with the American Indian Movement, the International Indian Treaty Council, and Native American poet-activist John Trudell. Her photography has been exhibited in both the United States and Ireland.