Mexico’s Indigenous rappers find rare spotlight – on Wakanda soundtrack


Source: The Guardian

The journey from a quiet Mexican village to being billed on the soundtrack of an Oscar-nominated film has been an epic one for Indigenous rapper Pat Boy. Born Jesús Pat Chablé, Pat Boy grew up speaking only Mayan until he started primary school; his parents still speak no Spanish. And like many of Mexico’s 23 million Indigenous people, he has often encountered discrimination.

“People would comment on the videos or on the street, or when you’re on stage,” said Pat Boy in a phone interview.

In a country where Indigenous cultures are often revered in museums but otherwise disparaged, such attitudes are widespread: according to a 2017 government survey, nearly a quarter of Indigenous people over 12 said they had experienced discrimination in the last five years.


Decree makes Tulum’s new Park of the Jaguar official

Source: Mexico News Daily


The federal government officially registered the creation of a 2,258-hectare nature reserve in the northeastern part of the municipality of Tulum in Quintana Roo on Tuesday.

The Park of the Jaguar, whose development plan was announced last December, is part of an attempt by the national government to curb the urban expansion and development taking place near the city of Tulum. New development and population centers will now be forbidden within the park’s boundaries as well as any activities that contaminate the area or disrupt, divert, or contaminate water sources there.

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Mexico City restaurant Pujol named No. 5 in the world


Source: Mexico News Daily

“Been to any good restaurants lately?” is a familiar refrain among expats in Mexico. If the answer you get is “Pujol in Mexico City,” then your friend has been to a really, really good one — the fifth-best restaurant in the world according to a recently released list.

Pujol ranked No. 5 and another Mexico City eatery, Quintonil, came in at No. 9 among “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants,” an annual list compiled by U.K.-based William Reed Business Media. Revealed on Monday at a ceremony in London, the list got its start 20 years ago in Restaurant magazine.


Kaleidoscopic migratory monarch butterfly joins global endangered species list

Source: Reuters


The migratory monarch butterfly, which has for millennia turned North American woodlands into kaleidoscopes of colour in one of nature’s most spectacular mass migrations, is threatened with extinction, international conservationists said on Wednesday.

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Ground-breaking indigenous chef recognized by state of Chiapas

Source: Mexico News Daily

Date: 7/12/2022

An indigenous Tzotzil chef from Chiapas received an award on Thursday for her culinary work promoting regional cuisine.

Claudia Albertina Ruiz Sántiz received the Del Corazón a la Tierra (From the Heart to the Earth) award from the state government on Thursday, which recognizes the success of indigenous women and women of African heritage.

Ruiz has carved her own path through her career. She was the first indigenous woman to enter the school of gastronomy at the Chiapas University of Sciences and Arts and then became the first indigenous woman to work at Pujol, the world-renowned restaurant of chef Enrique Olvera in Mexico City. Last year, Ruiz was recognized by the 50 Next, a list that celebrates 50 young people around the world who are “changing the world of gastronomy in unique and interesting ways,” compiled by the culinary reviews site The World’s 50 Best.


Archaeologists report discovery of Maya corn god statue in Palenque, Chiapas


Source: Mexico News Daily

An approximately 1,300-year-old sculpture of the head of the Maya maize god has been uncovered at the Palenque archaeological site in the southern state of Chiapas.

Experts with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found the effigy of the young god last year but the discovery wasn’t reported until this week. INAH said in a statement that it was the first time that a stucco head of the important Maya deity had been found at Palenque, which started out as a village around 150 B.C. before becoming a powerful Maya city.


LiDAR reveals new data about the size of ancient Purépecha city in Michoacán


Source: Mexico News Daily

Researchers now have a fuller picture about the size of an ancient Purépecha city in Michoacán after using laser technology to detect structures hidden under vegetation and the ground.

Known structures at the Tzintzuntzan site near Lake Pátzcuaro numbered in the dozens before National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) researchers detected more than 1,000 using the laser surveying method known as LiDAR (light detection and ranging).


Caravana Wixárika llega a la Ciudad de México


Fuente: La Jornada

Este jueves, los integrantes de la Caravana por la Dignidad y la Conciencia Wixárika llegaron a la Ciudad de México, luego de un periplo de más de 900 kilómetros recorridos a pie a través de cuatro estados, para exigir al gobierno federal que resuelva el despojo de tierras del que fueron víctimas hace más de medio siglo.

La jornada de ayer empezó muy temprano. Antes de que aparecieran los primeros rayos de sol, a las 4:40 de la mañana, los habitantes de los pueblos de San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán y Tuxpan de Bolaños salieron de las instalaciones que la comunidad otomí de San Jerónimo Acazulco puso a su disposición en La Marquesa, estado de México.


150 skulls in Chiapas were not narco victims after all

Analysis found that the supposed narco-grave was 1,000 years old

Date: May 13th, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

Some 150 skulls found in Chiapas 10 years ago are not the craniums of recent victims of violent crime as investigators originally thought, but belonged to Mayan people who were likely killed in a sacrificial ritual between A.D. 900 and 1200, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced.

Police found the skulls – the majority of which belonged to females – in 2012 in a cave in the southern border municipality of Frontera Comalapa.

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Nuevo León youth officially recognized as non-binary

Edie Galván is the second person in Mexico to be officially registered as such

Date: April 1st, 2022

Source: Mexico News Daily

A Nuevo León resident has won the right to be legally identified as neither male nor female, becoming just the second officially recognized non-binary person in Mexico.

A judge in the northern border state ruled in favor of Edie Galván Villareal’s application to be legally recognized as non-binary.

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