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Tzeltal women take down paradigms

They say that paradigms are meant to be broken, and this is taken seriously by Tzeltal women in southeast Mexico. They are making history by performing local ancient music, and believe it or not, this is usually reserved for men.

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Breaking paradigms with music

One of the four women in this fight, is the 25-year-old Blanca Estela Gomez, she decided to get into music when she started knowing about her culture through workshops in the House of Culture in Oxchuc, Chiapas.


“I was very interested in learning to play music whenever I heard it in family prayers. This sparked my will to learn and gave me the desire of wanting to play the guitar correctly” Blanca said in an interview with EFE

The Cultural House made an inclusion campaign that has been on for 5 years and now, thanks to this movement, more women are learning to play this traditional music.

Tzeltal, not a matter of gender

One of the campaign objectives is to welcome women interested in learning to play musical instruments and the melodies that go with the son “Pat O’tan” which means “Kavilto’s (prayer or healer) ceremonial speech”

For the Oxchuc culture, music is fundamental and sacred. On it they find melodies and lyrics that represent their ancient identity, and a representation of the world in a poetic way.

Breaking this tradition is a process that has been implemented gradually with diverse activities, such as teaching girls to play the guitar. In addition, they also seek to raise awareness among natives about how women can do the same things men do.

With information and pics EFE

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