Living in Harmony

“The process of integration between coastal life and interior communities is becoming deeper with the younger generation drawn more and more into coastal habits, values and ways of doing things. This is true for both young people studying on the coast, and for those who remain in their communities.

In addition to indigenous people moving to the coast, the coast is also coming closer to communities through better roads, social media, mining, and forestry as well as tourism activities. Integration is being driven at a pace determined by coastal rather than Amerindian interests.

There are benefits in terms of  better health, education and communication and more job opportunities in the public services, but the cost in terms of undermining traditional indigenous values and life-styles are severe.”