Essence of Zih

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, April 19, 2018, 13:59 (274 days ago)

The families of our fishermen and our ejidatarios comprise what most of us consider the very essence of Zihuatanejo. Much of our culture and history is made up of the folks from these families. While outsiders often criticize both for allegedly stifling "progress" in Zihuatanejo, the fact is that if push comes to shove these will be the folks who will stand up and fight the hardest to protect our way of life, something too many folks from other places keep trying to change as they bring their cultural baggage with them. We like our lifestyle and our community, and we see no need to imitate any other place. It's one thing to learn from others' mistakes, another entirely to pretend to be something we aren't.

Our fishermen work hard every single day to bring home the sustenance for their families. Together with the ejidatarios they provide the true economic foundation for Zihuatanejo, not Ixtapa. Together their products, services, shops and businesses were the original economic detonator for Zihuatanejo. But some of the lands of the ejidatarios were expropriated and not paid for by the federal government while the folks who expropriated them made and continue making millions, pretending they will never be held accountable for their misdeeds. But local patience has run out and our ejidatarios are demanding the federal government honor its obligations. They have been marching in Ixtapa each Saturday afternoon for over a year now. Ejidatarios from other communities have been joining the marches to show their support. The Monday before last state and federal authorities met at Ixtapa's Sunscape Dorado Hotel, and our local ejidatarios were there to remind them of their outstanding debt.

Been seeing more and more dorado in the morning catches, a sure sign the rainy season is nigh. B-)

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