Heidi McKinnon

Heidi McKinnon (Association for the Integral Development of the Victims of Violence in the Verapaces, Maya Achí - ADIVIMA): Heidi holds a BA in anthropology and Spanish from the University of New Mexico and has worked with indigenous communities throughout Latin America since1997. Heidi worked at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in the late 1990s. Heidi researched human rights and sovereignty issues in every region of Latin America as she was developing content for the permanent exhibits at NMAI. Her research led her to ADIVIMA and the Chixoy Dam, which she recommended for inclusion at the Museum.



Chitucan Repatriation

21 Oct

While I am preparing a variety of blogs about my recent travels to dam affected communities, I wanted to post a brief photo essay from a repatriation that took place Friday at the cemetery in Rabinal.

Six sets of remains were buried after a series of exhumations in the village of Chitucan this past year which were led by ADIVIMA and FAFG. An all night velorio took place at ADIVIMA Thursday, ending with a procession to the cemetery and a burial at noon. It has rained nonstop for days in Rabinal, however the showers tapered off just before the procession left the ADIVIMA compound and did not start again until we had returned.

At the grave site, prayers were offered, incense burned and the remains were placed in the grave in a tidy row along with boxes filled with clothes and associated items found with the bodies. Women left offerings, flowers and lit candles after the grave was closed and a final prayer was offered by the president of ADIVIMA and member of the exhumations staff, Pedrina.

Tonight, my prayers are with the victims’ families from Chitucan.

Posted By Heidi McKinnon

Posted Oct 21st, 2008

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