Risking it all for changing the state of things, defending what belongs to the community, is a decission that can only take those who appreciate life, those who are convinced that life is worth living in a dignified way. Ostula, an indiginous nahua community located in the pacific coast in the state of Michoacán, in Mexico, has historically characterized by this type of people and since it is situated in a very ambitious place, covet because of their resources and strategical location, the social and political struggle has been constant. Their resistance has achieved that today the security of the territory is in hands of the community people, whom watch non-stop against the constant thread of the return of criminal organizations and the state and their arm forces.
The struggle of those who are alive as much as those who have passed away for unnatural reasons, are today part of the identity of the community. They are united in an ambivalent reality, where on one hand the sorrow for the death is still present, and on the other the festivities por life and justice won’t take a step back. This ambivalence is shown particularly in the day of the death, where the families gather together in the cementeries, to remeber, cry, honor, talk, laugh and eat.
The text is an english translation based on a previous spanish publication published in Subversiones in the following link: http://subversiones.org/archivos/119746