Mexico City – Recapping last week’s Fifth Festival of Indigenous Cultures, Peoples and Original Neighborhoods originating in Mexico City (Quinta Fiesta de las Culturas Indígenas, Pueblos y Barrios Originarios de la Ciudad de México), August 24 to September 2.

Join us! = ¡Acompáñanos!

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  • Is there a directory of exhibitors? = ¿Hay un directorio de expositores?
  • When is the next festival of Indigenous cultures? = ¿Cuándo es el próximo festival de culturas indígenas?
  • For travelers, are there tips on connecting with Indigenous cultures? = Para los viajeros, ¿hay consejos para conectarse con las culturas indígenas?

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“Without Indigenous peoples there is no future, we want them because we need to learn from them to be a better world; This celebration does not end today, although it began five years ago, it is already the people and the inhabitants of Mexico City, “said the Secretary of Culture of the capital, Eduardo Vázquez Martín, during the closing of the V Festival of Indigenous Cultures , Towns and Neighborhoods Originating in Mexico City 2018 (FCIPBO-CDMX) .

In the Main Stage, the anthropologist and poet thanked the more than a thousand exhibitors who gave color to the party, which took the capital’s Zócalo from August 24 to September 2 with the thematic axis Indigenous Languages ​​and Human Mobility , to show all the linguistic, literary, dance, musical, gastronomic, artisanal and medicinal diversity of the Indigenous cultures that are currently becoming relevant.

“The Indigenous peoples, the neighborhoods and native communities of this city are not part of a museum past, nor an archaeological experience or memory of the past, they are alive among us and are the foundation of the wealth and social and cultural diversity of Mexico, “said the head of this unit.

The great party organized by the Government of Mexico City, through the local Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with various agencies and councils, said goodbye to the heart of Mexico City with an attendance of 900 thousand visitors.

Accompanied on stage by Fernando Flores, representative of the invited people of Ixtapalapa (Iztapalapa); Juana Victoriano, Mazahua representative of the Indigenous communities of Mexico City; of the Maya Quiché anthropologist and researcher María Jacinta Xón Riquiac and the Mayan poet Humberto Ak’abal, from Guatemala, Vázquez Martín stressed that in the original peoples there is the true modernity of respect for the other, the defense of the land and its natural resources .

“If it were not for these Indigenous peoples, our wealth would already be exploited and destroyed by transnational corporations. If we have water and land, it is because the people have defended themselves from projects that seek to convert the enormous wealth of all into the property of a few, “emphasized Vázquez Martín.

The representatives of Guatemala defined their participation as an exercise in learning, dialogue and solidarity. The poet Humberto Ak’abal shared in his language, quiche Maya, as a farewell, the poem “Song of birds” and some verses that showed his worldview: “I drank mud milk, that’s why my skin is the color of earth” and “I will keep silent to listen to you, but do not speak to shut me up”.

The meeting was also celebrated by Fernando Flores as an unforgettable experience that brought the eight towns of Iztapalapa to the inhabitants and visitors of the capital, while Juana Victoriano said that “to the new mayor’s offices we say that here we are going to be raining or thundering. next August. “

This edition had as special guests the Mayan Indigenous populations of Guatemala, the Yucatan region of Baja California and the eight neighborhoods of Ixtapalapa (Iztapalapa) -San Pedro, San Pablo, San José, San Miguel, La Asunción, San Lucas, San Ignacio and Santa Barbara.

With the presence of Iván Pérez Téllez, head of the Area of ​​Indigenous Affairs, and the ethnologist Natalia Gabayet, who germinated the seeds of this meeting, the Coordinator of Community Cultural Liaison of the SCCDMX, Déborah Chenillo, highlighted that this festival seeks to make visible and recognize the Indigenous population that lives in the capital through a collective effort that counts on the participation of the Indigenous population and various institutions.

After the musical amalgam of genres like ska and rocksteady with Indigenous musical traditions of Kamikaze Beat Band, the last day of artistic activities in the Main Stage of the V Festival of Indigenous Cultures, Peoples and Districts Originating in Mexico City 2018 closed with the bailongo and fandango mixe of Kalok iiy.

With songs like “Laúd y guitarra”, “Enamorados (amor mixe)” and “Son ayuujk”, the original group from Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, displayed in the main forum of the Indigenous encounter the diverse musical roots that make up one of the most deep in the country.

The dance spirit of the Mixe musical fusion ensemble continued with a medley of different Mixes, followed by the hilarious melodies such as “Joon xuxpë / Pájaro cantor”, while the agile phrasing in the wind instruments of the emblematic “Cumbia de Guelatao “provoked applause and celebrations that resonated strongly in the Main Stage of the 2018 edition of the FCIPBO-CDMX.

“For us it is very pleasant to be able to close this true celebration with our music and traditions”, assured Benjamín García, director of the musical organization before concluding his musical intervention with the notes of “Keetsy pyä’ak”.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Government of Mexico City, through the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City (SCCDMX), organized this meeting in collaboration with the Secretariat of Rural Development and Equity for Communities (Sederec), the Secretariat of Education of Mexico City (Sedu), the Council to Prevent Discrimination of Mexico City (Copred), the Secretariat of Government of Mexico City (Segob) and the Council of Peoples and Neighborhoods Originating in the City of Mexico (CPBOCDMX).

This was the first edition that takes place after the city government published in 2017 the decree by which the festival should be held during August in order to preserve the Indigenous cultural legacy, through cultural activities and in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), which established the 9th of August as the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples.

In the party there were more than a thousand exhibitors of handicrafts and gastronomy, of 29 Indigenous groups of Mexico among Mazatecs, Otomies, Zapotecs, Totonacs, Tepehuas, Chichimecas, Huastecos, Mazahuas, Mixtecos, Purépechas, Triquis, Nahuas, Popolocas, Tzeltales, Tlapanecos, tsotsiles, Huicholes, Mayas and Mixes, among others.

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