Milpa

Buzzwords As part of our series of global vocabulary, we would like to start a cheer for the milpa. Milpa = Translating Maya: kool Mazahua: tjöö Mixteca: itzzu Otomí: huähi Purépecha: tarheta Totonaco: takuxtu Tzotzil: yaxcol Tarahuma: ichírari Zapoteco: guela or cue Definitions Milpa is a crop-growing system used throughout Mesoamerica. It has been most …

Que Vivan Los Tamales!

From the archives (1999) Mexico’s fiery cuisines stand in sharp contrast not only with traditional European cooking but also with each other. The regional variations and menus make Mexican cuisine one of the most sophisticated in the world. Author Jeffrey Pilcher uses food itself to provide a unique, insider’s guide to Mexican history and politics. …

Mexico City’s Basilica of Guadalupe

Photo Mexico City – The Basilica of Guadalupe is home to one of Mexico’s most familiar icons. Less known is that the grounds of the Basilica comprise a national park, part of the Sierra de Guadalupe. December 12 is the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe), a popular Catholic feast day …

Exploring Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl National Park

Photo: Edwin Morales Clear days in Mexico City are measured by one’s ability to see the surrounding snowcapped mountains and peaks. Rumblings Outside the Capital The most impressive of mountains seen from Mexico City are the twin volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl, also known as ‘Smoking Mountain’ (5,452 meters) and ‘The Sleeping Woman’ (5,286 meters), respectively. The last …

Bastón de Mando Indígena = Indigenous Staff of Command

Screenshot: Milenio Mexico City – News and videos from the December 1, 2018 inauguration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. President López Obrador was presented with an Indigenous staff of command (“Bastón de Mando Indígena”). Notable – this is the first presidency to be purified with an Indigenous cleansing ceremony, particularly powerful as it …

Cuarta Transformación

Buzzwords Cuarta Transformación = Fourth Transformation Hashtag: #CuartaTransformación Mexico – President Andrés Manuel López Obrador campaigned for a “fourth transformation” in Mexico’s history, following its 1810 independence, the 1854-1857 liberalizing reforms implemented by then-President Benito Juárez, and the 1910-1920 Revolution. Embedded Tweets Inicia la cuarta transformación de la vida pública de México. Empeño mi palabra: …

Mexico City Airport(s)

Photo: Mexico by plane News about airport(s) in Mexico City: Key Links http://www.aeropuerto.gob.mx https://datos.gob.mx/nuevoaeropuerto Facebook @nvoaeropuertomx Headlines Mexican Peso Rallies as AMLO Resolves Airport Bond Dispute Mexico’s incoming president halts an airport project, and pays a price – Economist NAIM: el informe de Luege que tiraron a la basura Calderón y Peña – Proceso Mexico …

Morph 2008

Poster In 2008 Blackbox  rewrote its manifesto via the Morph exhibt — http://morph1.blogspot.com. The idea came about as a way to expand the collaborative creation of objects with Oaxaca City’s creative community. The focal point of the exhibit is Oaxaca City’s famous Central de Abastos. Blackbox founder Gustavo Fricke says that the Central is a microcosm …

Allan Rhodes

Allan Rhodes is an independent consultant in planning, management and development of ecotourism and tourism in protected areas with a degree in business administration and master’s degree in park management, tourism and recreation with experience in philanthropic and ecotourism sectors. He founded the non-governmental organization Walking Alternative Education Project United to care for children from …