Jesus  Nazario

From the Alto Balsas to the Long Point: Diasporic Nahua Political Formations Beyond Mexican-U.S. Borders

What relationalities are possible through Indigenous political mobilization in the Diaspora? The Nahuas from The Land of Fresh Water hold answers through their independence movement that began in 2016. My question is bounded in two interconnected places, the diasporic Nahua community in Houston, Texas and their originating Nahua town of The Land of Fresh Water in Guerrero, Mexico. After 300 years, people from The Land are seeking independence by breaking a communal land grant with another Nahua town to become a town with equal access to land, political representation, and cultural patrimony. However, Nahua elders and youth have varying goals for achieving political sovereignty and different modes of organizing for such goals.

Through a pilot research project, to be conducted in summer 2021, I seek to situate and analyze the state of their independence movement almost 5 years later. I seek to do so by interviewing the Fellowship Committee, the 7-member team that has led the movement to help The Land become a sovereign town. This current movement sheds light on contemporary Indigenous sovereignty movements happening in the Global South and offers methods and answers for how social media has enabled, and politically linked, social relations centered on Indigenous sovereignty.