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Victoria Blanco: Out of the Sierra – In Conversation with Kathryn Savage

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Victoria Blanco will discuss her new book, Out of the Sierra: A Story Rarámuri Resistance with local author Kathryn Savage at Birchbark’s new event space, the Bizhiw! Registration and further info can be found on Eventbrite.

The Rarámuri people of Chihuahua, Mexico, make up one of the largest Indigenous tribes of North America. Renowned for maintaining their language and cultural traditions in the face of colonization, they have weathered numerous hardships—climate disaster, poverty, cultural erasure—that have only worsened during the twenty-first century.

Based on more than a decade of oral history and participatory field work, Out of the Sierra paints a vivid and vital portrait of Rarámuri displacement. When drought leaves the Gutiérrez family with nothing to eat, they are faced with the choice many Rarámuris must make: remain and hope for rain and aid, or leave their sacred homeland behind. Luis, Martina, and their children choose to journey from their home in the Sierra Madre mountains toward a new and uncertain future in a government-funded Indigenous settlement.


June 11
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Birchbark Bizhiw
1629 Hennepin Avenue #275
Minneapolis, MN,55403
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