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1 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2013
Multi-ethic communal and collective forms of tenure in post-war Guatemala: Lessons from the Petén Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz, Ph.D., Campaign and Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam in Guatemala, (presenter) Liza Grandia, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California-Davis, Department of Native American Studies, (co-author)

2 Political and topographic map of Guatemala

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4 Sacred caves in the Q’eqchi’ lowlands

5 “Sacred Earth” Community (Loq Laj Ch’choch)
Home altar Sacred lake

6 Main findings Indigenous usufruct versus colonizing usufruct
Use value versus exchange value of land The ecologics of customary management versus quadrangular allotment Sacred versus secular logics Tangible and intangible outcomes

7 3.3 ¿Existen algunos lugares sagrados en la comunidad? SI NO N/S N/R
¿Cuántos? __________________________ ¿Cómo se llaman y dónde están ubicados? _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

8 Recommendations A moratorium should be placed to all current and future land administration projects to allow for time, reflection, and true informed consent about the long term consequences of land titling. Help indigenous communities reconstitute their lands under customary governance or to create by-laws regulating the sale of village lands. Help communities negotiate and re-acquire access to their sacred sites that were privatized by land administration projects A holistic inventory of different types of communal lands.


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