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Mexico Tallies People with African Roots, But Afro-Mexicans Say Society Still Ignores Them

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHuman Rights

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.

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Already Struggling, Artisans of Teotihuacán Fear the Coronavirus Will Wipe Them Out

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusCultureDevelopmentJobs

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.

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With Holy Week Festivities Canceled, Chiapas Food Vendors Scramble to Recover

Region: Mexico

Topics: CoronavirusCultureDevelopmentEconomyJobsReligion

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.

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Tseltal Girls Shatter Stereotypes on the Football Field

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureInnovationWomen's Rights

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.

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In Mexico City, an Unlikely Character Delivers a Beloved Holiday Tradition

Region: Mexico

Topics: Culture

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.

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‘Imagining Colorful Lines’ – Mexican Football Player with Visual Impairment Finds New Future in His Sport

Region: Mexico

Topics: CultureHealth

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.

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As Armed Conflict Threatens Farmers’ Livelihoods in Chiapas, Men Join Women at the Loom

Region: Mexico

Topics: AgricultureConflictCultureHuman RightsJobs

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.

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Sugar Skulls: How Mexicans Are Preserving a Beloved Day of the Dead Tradition

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessCultureJobs

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.

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Mexicans Are Speaking Up To Save Ancestral Languages

Region: Mexico

Topics: Culture

Mexico’s ancient languages are in danger of disappearing. Linguists and activists are working to save them, saying those languages are key in preserving the country’s cultural traditions.

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Urban Art Promotes Peace and Creativity in Mexico City Neighborhoods

Region: Mexico

Topics: ArtsCulture

Public art, like graffiti, used to carry a stigma in Mexico City. But now, it’s increasingly being used to promote identity, peace and creativity in this capital city’s neighborhoods.

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