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Bëni Xidza

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Spotlight on Rayo Cruz, aka Bëni Xidza, Indigenous language activist and educator focusing on Zapoteco del Rincón from Oaxaca, Mexico. One of our YouTube Faves and a spotlight feature for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Conversations and presentations are in a mix of Spanish and Zapotec.

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Background (from YouTube)
My name is Rayo Cruz. I belong to the Zapotec native ethnic group. I was born and raised in a community in the North Sierra of Oaxaca. I have a Bachelor Degree in communications because that is my passion. I started to get involved in Indigenous communication processes by participating in a community radio called Stereo Communal in Guelatao de Juárez. In 2010, I worked as a teacher of Zapoteco, my native Language, in a community school in my region. In 2011, I started working with Radio Aire Zapoteco, a community radio which aims at preserving and promoting the usage of Zapoteco; I am still part of this team.

Elsewhere on the Web

July 2021

Farming and food in the northern Sierra of Oaxaca
22:00 Documentary
49:00 Explaining the title
1:14:00 Panela

July 3 – Haremos una charla en YouTube para hablar del libro “La conquista de la Sierra. Españoles e indígenas de Oaxaca en la época de la colonia.’


Oración Ceremonial


Riqueza Biológica


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