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Born 1970 in northern Peru, Maxima Acuña has become an impenetrable barrier protecting the natural lands that she calls home. She grew up exploring the natural landscape and learning how to utilize its resources to transform the fabrics she and her mother hand crafted into vibrant pieces of art(2). They would gather local plant species to dye the fabrics her family weaved to make a living. She found value in the waterways and mountains as they provided for her and protected her. Her story of strife and bravery began in 2010 when Maxima bought land and built a home in Tragadero Grande in the district of Sorochuco, an isolated town in the mountains of Peru in South America. That same year land was purchased by Newmont Mining Corporation 10 miles away. The presence of this seemingly powerful mining corporation would prove to be a crowning battle for life and land for Maxima in the following years.