In an effort to preserve Mayan heritage and help Maya students embrace their identity, a school principal in Mexico has instituted a unique dress code for students to instill pride in their traditions.
Students at the Ignacio Allende primary school in the Yucatán now have the chance to channel their identity at school.
As part of a program instituted by the school principal, each and every Monday the students get to come to class in traditional dress.
The formal skirts, pants and dress shirts give way to white guayabera shirts and pants for boys and the colorful and skillfully embroidered huipiles for the girls.
All too often Indigenous communities are made to be invisible.
The government is not interested in empowering native peoples, said May in an interview with the newspaper El Universal.
She went on to say “This is about maintaining and strengthening the indigenous identity in new generations, and having them wear the clothes that identify Yucatán and Maya culture is a way to do it.”
The move made both the students and their parents happy and was important because Mayan language speakers face discrimination in Yucatán.
In fact, the principal has required each of her nine teachers at the school to take a Mayan language course, so they can better teach their students.
Indigenous students have also benefited from a program that brings Maya-speaking science, research and literature professionals to share their experiences.
The decision has been met with overwhelming joy on social media.
The fact that these children are being supported and encouraged to explore their Native identities is absolutely worth stanning for.
When the news first broke, people were calling it the best news of the year!
The program is still a success and if you ask me may still be in the running for best news of the year.
As Latinos, we take pride in our identity but even from within our own communities we can be told to ignore our Indigenous roots.
Translation: Truly commendable! It is not about integrating Indigenous peoples but respecting them along with their own ways and customs.
Given the xenophobia all around the world, it’s so empowering to see children being supported and encouraged to explore their own Native identities.
The young actress who lent her voice to the Spanish version of Elsa in “Frozen”, Diamond Tiara in “My Little Pony,” Neeko in “League of Legends,” among other characters, died this week and the Mexican entertainment industry is mourning the loss of a talented young voice actress.
Actress Andrea Arruti who lent his voice to the Spanish-language version of Elsa in “Frozen,” died.
Mexican actress Andrea Arruti, died following a respiratory complication, which slowly debilitated her body over the course of several months. She was the voice behind many’s favorite characters in the Spanish version of animated series and films, such as “Anne with an E,” “My Little Pony,” “Phineas and Ferb,” and “League of Legends.” One of her most popular characters was Elsa in “Frozen.”
She reportedly died on Jan. 3.
The deathof the 21-year-old actress occurred during the first days of the year, but the information wasn’t confirmed until this weekend, when several companies who worked with Arruti, expressed condolences.
The family shared official news of Andrea’s passing to appease rumors.
Arruti’s family shared the news on her Facebook page and felt the need to be transparent about the young actress’s cause of death following false rumors. “In the name of Andy Arruti’s family, we want to express our sincere gratitude for all the love and solidarity we have received after her passing in a hospital of Mexico City. After noticing some speculation around her death —in the media as well as in social media—we wanted to note that Andrea died due to a respiratory complication that weakened her body throughout the last months.”
The Arruti family made it clear that Andy ’had no addictions’ and that she was ‘an exemplary person’.
“Throughout this period it was sought for their well-being and was duly attended by specialists.“ the Facebook post reads. “For her part, she did everything in her power to meet her health status and fulfill her family, school and professional commitments in a normal way. Andrea was an exemplary person who had no addiction and those who knew her can realize that she was always a cheerful young woman.”
“League of Legends” expressed their condolences.
“We regret the death of Andrea Arruti, who lent her voice to Neeko, and we extend our condolences to her loved ones,” wrote the official video game “League of Legends'” Twitter account.
Those in the Mexican entertainment industry have been paying their respects via social media.
So far, the actress’s family has not revealed the cause of death, but in social networks, fans and colleagues have lamented the news and remember her as a cheerful and talented person.
Her close friend and colleague Emilio Trevino also shared a loving message.
“Life undoubtedly surprises us in tough and unexpected ways, sometimes,” wrote Trevino, a young man who shared many projects with Andrea. “Te voy a extrañar mucho,” “I’ll miss you a lot,” he added in the caption of his Instagram post.
Despite her young age, Andrea Arruti had been working in the entertainment industry for a long time.
In addition to interpreting the Spanish version of Elsa in “Frozen,” Arruti was a part of other projects such as “Phineas and Ferb”where she played the role of Brigette.
Andrea’s voice has been immortalized in other projects like “Detective Pikachu,” “Goosebumps 2,” “Zombies,” “Powerful Minds,” “World War Z” and many many more.
There is no secret that our planet is experiencing an ecological crisis. From flash flooding in Indonesia to a three-year drought that led to unprecedented and lethal bushfires in Australia, the first three weeks of 2020 have reminded us that as a species us humans have basically sucked at achieving a balance with other animal species and with the natural world in general. We are at the brink of either going into a deep well from which we might not come back, or hitting the PAUSE button and making some significant changes.
Here’s a success story about creative ways of using free and inexpensive materials to curb our consumption of single-use plastic products.
Our dependence on single-use plastic plates and containers is not only harmful to the environment, but frankly stupid.
Think about the amount of plastic you use in a single day. From the coffee lid that you throw away after finishing your latte to the plastic cutlery at the fast food court, plastic bags at the supermarket and plastic toothpicks, to water bottles and a long list of products that frankly make no sense… all of those contribute to increased levels of pollution. Just think about how silly it all is: that lid that you threw away or that Starbucks cup will exist way after your body has turned into ash or compost. Yes, it might sound dramatic, but it really is how illogical the use of plastic is.
So in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, corn husks have become the perfect alternative after Styrofoam was banned in the municipality.
The town of San Miguel de Allende, a traditional town and gringo-retiree central, has banned Styrofoam. Instead of complaining like many chilangos (Mexico City natives) did when plastic bags were banned, vendors in the picturesque San Miguel have resorted to a much more friendly and overall cooler alternative: corn husks.
This is a great idea not only because otherwise they get thrown away or turn into compost, but also because it is a resistant material and can even give some extra flavor to some traditional dishes. Such is the case of esquites, a scintillating concoction of corn, mayo, lemon and chili… food for the gods.
As reported by Mexico News Daily, San Miguel’s mayor, Luis Alberto Villareal, is proud of the initiative of banning harmful materials: “We’ve been working all year, but the truth is that the society of San Miguel is very participatory, it’s a committed society, it’s a progressive society, and [getting participation] hasn’t been too complicated.” Good for them!
Mexico City also banned single-use plastic bags.
From January 1 the user of single-use plastic bags was banned in Mexico City. Given that this is one of the world’s biggest megalopolis the move will certainly have a measurable impact. Many complained (of course they did!), but most embraced the initiative.
Of course, plastic bag producers spoke out against the law, as CE Noticias Financieras reports: “Plastic bag producers, distributors and traders marched and demonstrated in Mexico City on Wednesday against a series of bans to make the Mexican capital free of plastic objects that are only used once in the next months.”
Multinational supermarket chains have also responded to the initiative by offering their customers reusable bags. As NFINCE reports: “Walmart of Mexico, Latin America’s largest self-service chain, began with the free delivery of half a million reusable bags to its customers, as part of the one-time plastic and plastic bag disposal agreement, signed with the Government of Mexico City.”
Eco traditional practices are coming back
Even though hipster, gentrified zones of Mexico City have adopted the use of eco bags and all sorts of products that are often overpriced, Mexico City tradition has a long history of uses of bolsas de mercado, bags in which people store their groceries while shopping. This practice is mostly followed by the lower socioeconomic classes, but we are sure they will expand. Using a reusable bag is tradition and hopefully it will make a comeback. We also hope that bags that are usually less that $3 USD don’t end up being a $50 USD hipster commodity!
Natural, compostable plates and containers are used throughout the Global South and it is a long and rich tradition.
All throughout Asia people use sticks or toothpicks and fresh banana leaves to make bowls and plates in which dishes such as coconut rice or amok (Cambodian curried fish) is served. Oftentimes the practices of the Global North are seen as the panacea of progress but there is much to be learned from developing nations and from indigenous communities in places such as Australia, the United States, Mexico and Canada.
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