Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Monday is the start of the 82nd Guelaguetza (Zapotec meaning “to share”) here in Oaxaca. This festival is probably the most popular in the jam-packed Oaxacan calendar of events and brings thousands of people from all over the state of Oaxaca to celebrate their traditional dances, clothing and foods. In communities such as Teotitlan del … Continue reading Gearing Up For Guelaguetza

Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd each year. During this time it is customary … Continue reading Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

Monte Alban

Having this week off school has allowed me to play tourist and visit some of the attractions and villages surrounding Oaxaca de Juarez (wa-HA- ka de WHA-rez). One of the most well-known of Oaxaca’s ancient ruins is Monte Albán, (MonTE al BAHn) - an ancient Zapotec capital and partially excavated archaeological site located on top … Continue reading Monte Alban