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Arriving yesterday at noon to fix the grave of his father, Adolfo, in the pantheon of the Barrio de Xochimilco meant a delay for Citlalli, who not only brought flowers and candles, but chopped paper and catrinas printed on cardboard. “My dad was a believer in these dates, he was excited, he liked this tradition...
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Zapoteco Language Preserved Thanks to Didxazapp
Mexico’s indigenous language diversity is under threat due the overwhelming predominantly-used Spanish language, but young people like Gonzalo Santiago Martinez are doing their best to preserve their heritage by using new apps. Martinez created Didxazapp, the ‘word app,’ to translate Spanish to the Isthmus Zapoteco (or Didxaza), an Oto-Manguean indigenous language from Oaxaca, in 2016....
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Potter — the act of turning earth into clay and transforming its properties with fire — is one of humankind’s earliest inventions. Throughout history, certain techniques and styles have been particularly coveted, including Japanese raku ware, Turkish Iznik pottery, Persian earthenware, Italian majolica, Dutch delftware and Native American pottery. The secret of Chinese porcelain making,...
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reed straws
Reed straws have become an alternative to the traditional plastic because, in addition to having a short lifespan, they do not harm the environment. In Oaxaca, particularly in the San Juan Guelavia community, local artisans have focused on the production of reed straws, made from a plant and being biodegradable. In an interview, artisan Felipe...
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Oaxacans will celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day this Saturday, September 15, with the Cry for Independence at the Government Palace and the traditional military parade the following morning. Last year the city cancelled the events due to the earthquake of September 7, but this year it has been arranged to celebrate the Independence Cry at the...
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Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa announced that this year they will begin construction of a new Cultural Center of Oaxaca, an infrastructure project that will include an auditorium, museum and a cinema, which will require an investment of 500 million pesos. The project is currently in competition with five architects of Mexico. He also noted that...
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For their creativity and traditional designs, seven Oaxacan artisans were winners in the National Contest of Textiles and Rebozos 2018, who won the award for the best work, as well as the first, second and third places. and an honorable mention. With the support of the Oaxacan Institute of Handicrafts (IOA), the Oaxacans participated in...
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The atmosphere of Día de Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico cannot be more enigmatic. The smell of incense is mixed with the aroma of cempasúchil flowers and chocolate; the whistle of the cold travels the narrow streets of the historic center in unison with the notes of the bands that accompany the traditional comparsas. Celebrating Día...
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Teatro Macedonio Alcalá bears the name of a Mexican composer, an emblem of Oaxaca, turns 109 years old this month, surviving the earthquakes of 1931, 1999, and 2017. In the first years of the last century, while campaigning for the governorship of Oaxaca, the lawyer Emilio Pimentel proposed to the Oaxacans the construction of a...
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Oaxacan alebrijes could be declared a tangible and intangible heritage of Oaxaca through a proposal by legislator Toribio López Sánchez, from the district of Santa Cruz Xoxoxcotlán. The lawmaker presented the initiative before the LXII legislature of the Congress of the State of Oaxaca. If the proposal is approved, both the alebrijes and its elaboration...
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