The contributions of Africans in Mexico and their descendants have gone unappreciated, advocates say, and it was only recently that an attempt was made to even count this population. As a result, the group’s access to employment and education is hindered, some say.
The number of traditional obsidian carvers in Mexico has steadily dwindled. The remaining artisans faced financial hardship and a risk of illness that threatened to destroy their ancient art form – and that was before the coronavirus arrived.
Food vendors in San Cristóbal de las Casas spend months preparing traditional foods to sell at the city’s popular annual food festival. This year, with the festival canceled due to the global COVID-19 crisis, they’re left with a pile of ingredients – and no idea how to budget for the future.
In northern Chiapas, Mexico, education is optional for girls – at least, that’s what some believe. One high school wants to battle these gender stereotypes and keep girls in class, but their solution isn’t inside the school at all.
As a rebellious teenager, José Luis “El Pikos” Escobar challenged stereotypes by collecting holiday gifts for children in need. Thirty years later, the 45-year-old man, who still identifies as an anti-establishment punk, has made delivering toys for Epiphany a beloved holiday tradition.
After injuring his eye, one young Mexican football player thought his chances of going professional were over. Now, his time playing in a league with other players who have visual impairments is giving him new purpose as a coach.
Armed conflict in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas has threatened the livelihood of farmers for decades. To support their families, some men in the region are now participating in an ancient tradition long held by women: weaving.
The town of Toluca, about an hour outside Mexico City, is well-known for its elaborate, sugar-spun skull confections, called alfeñique. Artisans make the sweets every year for the Day of the Dead festival. But the tradition may be in danger of dying out – so artisans are working to pass the technique on to the next generation.