Our languages are in danger of extinction and what better way to save them than through one of the most traditional games in Mexico, the lottery. On this occasion, the traditional game served as a model not only to celebrate Mexican culture. But also, to enhance our linguistic diversity, know about the Zapotec lottery.
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The people in charge of the project are the “Binni Cubi” collective. Who were determined to create a lottery game with elements from the Zapotec communities. In order to learn to pronounce and write the Zapotec language.
The goal is for the iconic images of the lottery to merge with the colors and symbols of these communities to spread their legacy. Furthermore, by sharing the gaming experience among people of different generations. It is hoped that the result will be to preserve, value and encourage interest in the daily use of Zapotec.
“The idea is to provoke the coexistence of older adults, girls and young adults and that we revive it from our language,” said the group.
How is the Zapotec lottery designed?
The game consists of 60 spreadsheets and 10 individual cards and it has illustrations alluding the environment. Also, gastronomy, arts and crafts and local characters.
Last year the project was recognized by the federal and the state’s Secretary of Culture in 2019, receiving funding from civil society. Chalupa Zapotec, named after the inhabitants of that place, hopes to revive the Zapotec. And to launch other parallel activities that help the cause.
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The game is expected to be available to the public very soon. So far it has been distributed free of charge in schools and throughout the state. School centers will be an important space for a greater number of speakers, mainly the children and youth sector, to learn and use Zapotec.
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