Pintando La Raya: Indigenous Resistance and Biocultural Conservation through Participatory Video

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by Thor Edmundo Morales At the onset of this decade, members of three ethnic groups gathered in the state of Sonora, northwestern Mexico. Seri (Comcaac), Rarámuri, and Yaqui participants went to the Yaqui village of Vicam to get their first exposure to participatory video (PV), with training provided by the UK-based organization InsightShare. Three facilitators,

Melquiades’s Garden: Exploring the Cultivated Nature of Mexico’s Chinantla Region

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by Aran Shetterly . . A taxi collected me at my hotel in Oaxaca at 3:30 AM and whisked me through the silent streets of the Mexican city to the office of a small conservation NGO. A van pulled up and I squeezed on, wedging myself and a bulky backpack between half-asleep passengers on the

Naming the Dragonfly: Why Indigenous Languages Matter in the 21st Century

by James D. Nations . Chiapas, Mexico, 2015 . . I spent the morning learning the names of dozens of dragonflies and skippers, the translucent-winged insects that flit along the edges of the crystalline-blue lakes where the Lacandón Maya live in the rainforest of southeastern Mexico. Chan K’in José Valenzuela, my 80-year-old Lacandón friend, has been

Wild Waters: Landscapes of Language


by Dawn Wink . . . in the bottom of a dark canyon, I stood in a shroud of voices. They spun up the canyon walls, radiating through the dusky interior. . . The voices were part of a complex language, a language that formed audible words as water tumbled over rocks, and one that

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