The Dreaming Earth was formed in 2005 as a volunteer not for profit fair trade project. We became a member of the Fair Trade Federation in 2006 ( www.fairtradefederation.org) We work directly with women's craft cooperatives in the independent Mayan Indian communities, located in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. The women create beautiful items using traditional methods of crafting with ancient symbols and designs native to their culture. Our goal is to buy outright the crafts at fair trade prices, sell the crafts here, and return all proceeds to the project for more craft purchases. We use a small portion of the proceeds to purchase generic medications for the clinics in their communities. In this way, The Dreaming Earth hopes to create a self sustaining work in support of the people who are living in dignified resistance as they create their own systems of health care, education, and economy based on democratic ways. We support them in their effort to hold onto their lands, their communal way of life, and their native traditions. We support their pace and way of walking towards the future with respect for their right to exist in the world as an Indigenous people. The Dreaming Earth works closely with Mexico Solidarity Network (MSN). We have been able to make a direct connection with the people through MSN's Alternative Economy Intern Program. We continue our participation with this program as a way to support the people and the work MSN is doing to create bridges between us here in the US and our neighbors to the South in Mexico. Please visit their web site at www.mexicosolidarity.org.
The Dreaming Earth has a long standing relationship with Cultural Survival as a participant in their fair trade bazaars. Cultural Survival is a nonprofit organization located in Cambridge, MA. They have evolved as a leader organization dedicated to educating the public on Indigenous rights and current day abuses facing Indigenous people. Cultural Survival partners with many indigenous groups around the world, assisting them in their efforts to assert their rights. They have become a voice for the people about what is fair trade, as this concept develops within the enormity of an often unjust global economy. To learn more about this organization visit www.cs.org.