Ayuuk Vocabulary from Santa María Ocotepec

Here are key Mixe (Ayuuk) words and phrases used in Santa María Ocotepec and translated in Spanish and English. The Ayuuk and Spanish translations are courtesy of Engracia Perez Castro and Rodrigo Martínez Vásquez who sell crafts at the La Cosecha Market in Oaxaca de Juárez. Mixe Español English nëë agua water poj aire air naax tierra …

February 21 is International Mother Language Day

Poster: Ron Mader, International Mother Language Day = Dia Internacional de la Lengua Materna February 21 is International Mother Language Day declared by UNESCO in 1999 to celebrated linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Events, workshops and even tweets on this date promote awareness. Hashtags: #imld17, #dilm17, #LenguaMaterna UNESCO: “Languages are the most powerful instruments …

Encouraging Engagement

One of the greatest challenges for those working in conservation and tourism, economic development and job creation is how to develop engagement with the public — critical if we wish to encourage sustainable practices. Engagement (aka ‘meaningful interaction’) needs to be central to our work, not an add-on. We need an engagement strategy as much as any …

Oaxaca

Photo: Ron Mader, UNESCO Oaxaca There are changes afoot in ‘Tierra del Sol,’ this southern Mexican state blessed with mountains, verdant valleys and a beautiful coast on the Pacific Ocean. Tip: Oaxaca is pronounced ‘wa-HA-ka’ Buzzword Bingo (Words you should know and that are fun to know) Acompañamiento – Agua (Water) – Aguamiel – Apaztle …