Mexico with a SciFi flair


Get to know Naica the crazy cool cave of GIGANTORAMOUS  crystals!  =O  Thanks to @MexicoTimes who gave me the idea for this post with their tweet about Naica’s Website : “It’s not Krypton! It’s not SciFi! It is Naica! Meet #Mexico‘s new natural wonder: http://is.gd/jVds1 Will blow your senses!”


ABOUT THE VIDEO: “A team of international scientists explore a Mexican cave filled with giant crystals. With temperatures near 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.8 Celsius), and over 80 per cent humidity, the cave is one of the deadliest environments on earth. Without specialized suits and equipment, the scientists would die in minutes. Their mission: to unlock the secrets of the mysterious ancient crystals, some of the largest ever discovered.” –DocumentalesMexic0 at YouTube.com

NAICA CAVE’S OFFICIAL WEBSTITE:

http://www.naica.com.mx/english/index.htm

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Stunning Mexican Bicentenial Commercials


Here are ” Stars of the Bicentennial” commercials number  5 ,6,7 & 8 featuring the states of Veracruz , Yucatán, Quintanaroo ,

VERACRUZ (sights showcased)

Ecological Reserve Nanciyaga – Catemaco, Veracruz

Peyote (Cactus) of the Birds -Veracruz , Veracruz

Split /Divided Rock – San Andres Tuxtla ,Veracruz

Tajin’s Archeoligical Zone – Papantla ,Veracruz

Eyipantla’s Water fall – San Andres Tuxtla

YUCATÁN (Sights showcased)

Uxmal Archeological Zone – Yucatán

The Lizards Estuary  –   Biosphere Reserve, Yucatán

The Red Ones Salt Mines –  Yucatán

Celestun – Biosphere Reserve ,Yucatán

Underwater Sinkhole  Chichí of the Lakes – Homún, Yucatán

QUINTANA ROO –

Holbox Isle , Whale Shark Sanctuary

Baclar Lagoon of the Seven Colors

Arrecifes Park, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Isle of the Swallow, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Chankaanab Park, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Tulum Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, Cozumel Quintana Roo

New Find at Teotihuacan ruins


Hey guys! Guess what, I got on Yahoo this morning to find that, Teotihuacan was trending =) The reason being: Turns out that archaeologists have discovered a cool new find at the ruins that could lead to royal tombs!  The find consists of a hidden tunnel that may have been buried due to the sinking of land as a result of stormy weather.  The reason why this is such a huge & exciting deal is, very little is know about the societal structure and rulers of  Teotihuacan. That is,  archeologists are after the story of those who conformed the culture which inhabited Teotihuacan before the Aztecs,  and reached its height between 100 B.C. and A.D. 750.  The Aztecs are believed to have arrived in the area in the 1300s.  Too cool or what?! =D

You read more about this cool new find at the following link :
http://www.thirdage.com/news/teotihuacan-ruins-yield-1800-year-old-tunnel-tombs_8-6-2010

The 411 on Mexico’s Bicentennial


This year Mexico is in for a big celebration, because the year 2010 marks its Bicentennial.  Mexico will be commemorating 200 years of Independence and 100 since the Mexican Revolution.  If you’ve ever been curious about Mexico in any way,  right now is a great time to get to know  Mexican History, Biographies of Historical figures, Culture, Geography, folklore, and much more.   The Mexican Government and the bicentennial committee have launched some great websites so that everyone can share in the festivities.

Bicentennial Websites can be found both in Spanish & English

ENGLISH SITE:  http://english.bicentenario.gob.mx/

SPANISH SITE: http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/index.php

Get daily updates on what going on with Bicenternario 2010 events and get your daily historical fact by following on Twitter: @Bicentenario

The bicentennial 2010 YouTube page is : http://www.youtube.com/bicentenariomexico

Follow on FaceBook, each Historical Hero of the Nation has their own FaceBook page:

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=728

GET FREE BOOKS ON MEXICO AND IT’S HISTORY IN PDF For at  THE BICENTENNIAL DIGITAL  LIBRARY

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/

Among the books available : Historia de Mejico, desde sus tiempos mas remotos hasta nuestros dias Tomo I = Historia of Mejico, from the most remote times up to now, Volume I

From the children’s collection “Mexican Child”:  Queretaros site and the Hill of Bells

Historical Newspapers also available

Mexico’s “Bicentennial Stars” commercials


Gorgeous, artistic, breathtaking, cinematography. Pristine shots filled with elegance, that tell a mesmerizing  story.  These are the commercials produced by tv network Televisa to commemorate Mexico’s Bicentennial celebration this year. The stunning commercials showcase all that is Mexico, its: beguiling people, its enthralling culture, luxurious natural resources, awesome geography, it’s  colorful, inviting flora, it’s rich & remarkable fauna….  In a word: its bewitching, miraculous, unique Magic. So far the first two commercials released feature the states  Tamaulipas & Chihuahua.
Among the Places showcased in these two videos :
Samalayuca Desert (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)
Basaseachi’s Waterfall  (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua)
Bocatoma, “The Sky” Biosphere Reserve (Gomez Farias,Tamaulipas)
Morales Lake (Soto la Mariana ,Tamaulipas)
“The Barracks” Grotto (Aldama ,Tamaulipas)
“The Lush one”/ “Grassy One”  Natural deposit of spring water (Aldama, Tamaulipas)
They ran ads announcing open auditions for these commercials, I think. How awesome would it be to participate in such a beautiful, meaningful project!  If I lived in Mexico I would have so gone to the auditions.

Burning Passion: This is what legends are made of


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Today’s post is a taste of the awesome legends that can be found in

Mexico’s culture.  Ornate with passion, heroism, & romanticism.

In Mexico there are many prominent & LEGENDARY geographic landmarks. There are two famous volcanoes that  magnificently exemplify this, & here is  the beautiful story of their origin & claim to fame.

“Our volcanoes have  distinct names, sex, passions, and a historical past, from: birth to legendary fights for love, as do everyday people, although they have been worshiped as gods.It was the Mexica who gave  names to  the legendary couple of huge volcanoes that frame the valley of Mexico, which are located between the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos. POPOCATÉPETL & IZTACCIHUATLPopocatepetl derives its name from popoa a Nahuatl verb meaning “smoke” and the noun “tepetl”, “hill”, ie, the “The smoking hill or mountain”, because  a ring of smoke has hovered over it,  from that time and with that slight plume that until a couple of years we saw with some quiet, because  there has been increasing activity of the volcano. Iztaccihuatl derived from the indigenous words iztac, “white” and cihuatl “woman” which together mean “white woman” but , because of the legend she is now know as  the “Sleeping Woman”.

http://www.alfaradio.com.mx/grc/homepage.nsf/main?readform&url=/grc/redam.nsf/vwALL/MLOZ-5W8VRV

“This Aztec Leyend tells of a heroic warrior & a beautiful princess who died for love.  He was a warrior, brave & intelligent, and so upon their wedding celebration  when the kingdom was attacked the emperor chose him to lead his army. Popocatépetl went to war, and after various months of combat he managed to defeat the enemy. However, before the emperor could find out about the victory ,some soldiers who were filled with jealousy went to him & told the emperor that Popocatépelt had died during battle. Iztaccíhuatl heard the lie & cried bitterly. She fell into a deep depression, stoped eating & eventually fell into a deep sleep. No one or nothing could wake her. When Popocatépelt returned victotrious, he found out about what had happened & went searching for Iztaccíhuatl.  When he found her he :grabbed a torch, carried her in his arms, and left both the palace & city. Nobody ever saw them again. He took her up a mountain to it’s highest peak & when he was close to heaven he laid her down,made her an alter & kneeld beside her. He did not move from her side, he merely mourned his deep loss &  cried out in devastating pain & anger.  The sound of his sorrowful  cries echoed throught the peaks and valleys, and the gods heard him. Taking pity upon the lovers, they covered them in beautiful flowers and snow & made them into mountains themselves, so that they could rest forever more next to eachother, loving eachother. After some days, all the people of the valley were amazed to see two tall mountans that had surged from the land & spouted flames up towards the sky. When the emperor saw this he told his people :”Iztaccíhuatl & Popocatépetl died for love, they could not live without one another. Their love has transformed them, and their loyal hearts shall burn ardently like a flame always.”-http://www.ciudadmexico.com.mx/cercanias/popocatepetl.htm


A YOUTUBE MEMBER POSTED THE VIDEO FOOTAGE HE CAPTURED OF POPOCATEPETL WHILE ON BOARD A PLANE. PRESS THE HQ BUTTON & WATCH IT IN HIGH RESOLUTION. IT’S AMAZING!!

IN THE YEAR 2000 POPOCATEPETL ERUPTED, HERE IS FOOTAGE FROM A NEWS CAST.


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I own none of the pics all credits/rights go to their owners.


Real MEXICAN Music


Today’s Music section features the group Huichol Musical( pronounced =Wee chohl) SONG= Cumbia Cusinela (Cook’s dance)

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Known for mixing indigenous culture with contemporary musical styles, Huichol Musical are a quintet from the Sierra Madre Occidental region of Jalisco, Mexico. The band takes its name from the Huichol, an indigenous ethnic group of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range whom the Aztecs called “the Ancient Ones.” Huichol Musical made their major-label recording debut in 2008 with Desde México… “Cumbia Cusinela” on the Universal-affiliated label Machete Music. Given its novel mix of indigenous cultural cues with contemporary regional Mexican musical styles, Desde México… “Cumbia Cusinela” became a sensation, spawning the hit singles “Cumbia Cusinela” and “La Cusinela,” the former of which features lyrics sung in the Huichol language. ~ Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide (off Amazon.com)

Unfortunately there’s been a mixed reaction to such a group. Some are taken back by how: original,creative, and wonderful their music & sound is. Others say that they are embarrassing, that those who see them will think badly of us Mexicans, & think that we are all :poor, uneducated  little villagers. Yes these men have humble origins, but so what?!  They are our people, and our culture is theirs ,our culture IS people like them. They are part of  those few special people who refuse to let their roots and heritage die. Yes some of us are city people, and we have different stories, and lives then them. No NOT ALL Mexican are  the same, BUT neither of us is better or worse!

The disc contains two version of “Cumbia Cusinela” The original, a techno version.



INTERVIEW WITH THE GROUP

TRANSLATION OF THE INTERVIEW:

HOSTAnd we are back with our big bash today.  We are here with the guys from Huichol Musical. They are visiting us here on the show for the first time. Guys thank you so much for being here. How are you?

Huichol MusicalWe are doing well, thank you so for inviting us. We are truly proud , firstly to be able to represent our state, and the region of of Mesquiti Jalisco. You see we(the Huichol)reside in the states of Nayarit, Durango, and Jalisco.

HOST-And  your’s is a quite interesting story ! Your style of music is something  that is very new to us.  It’s something we had not see either in Mexico or here in the States. Huichol is the name of your tribe right?

Huichol MusicalYes our tribes name is Huichol & our language  is also called  Huichol. Hence our name Huichol Musical(musical Huichol)

HOSTHow did you guys get started in music?

Huichol MusicalWell you see, in the Sierra there is not many jobs, other than agricultural fare. Of course that works well with those who own land and livestock. For us we had no such assets, we had look elsewhere in search of  our livelihood. So we would travel from our villages into the cities especially during fairs and we would slowly started forming what the group.

HOSTWhere did you guys learn how to how to play and write?

Huichol Musical- Well, we learn amongst friends. When you like something you find those who know, and you learn. We have never been officially attended a school or of music or any such institute. We are self-taught.

HOSTNow this instruments, are they traditional instruments of your culture of your native music?

Huichol Musical-Yes this is according to regional music. As those who are knowledgeable about music would say, this is an acoustic style of music. We do not use any electronic instruments or devices. Our instruments consist of : Two guitars, two violins and a toloche(The tololoche is a traditional instrument of northern Mexico. Is actually a slightly smaller version of the European bass, big respect for the instrument to produce low sounds. Usually has 4 strings, is played with a bow and is noted with the fingers. It is not used in classical music, being purely a folk instrument.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tololoche)

HOST By the way guys, I’ve heard that it’s going very well for you.  Everywhere you go, when in Texas you gained quite a following. In Mexico of course, as well. You have even been awarded a gold disk. Your first album and, you have achieve a gold record. How does this make you feel? You guys coming in with a brand news style and everything.

Huichol Musical-We honestly, are very happy. We want to thank everyone, the audience for supporting us. We ask that you please continue to give us your support. Up until now everyone’s been very supportive, for example with our song “La Cusinela”.  We want to give thanks to those like you who have opened the doors for us to come and visit, and perform. So yes, we are very happy, yet somewhat nervous, as we are receiving a gold record for the first time.

HOSTJust a bit huh? Now going back to your origins, the song “La Cusinela” speaks of a female cool correct? However, this song is in the Huichol language?

Huichol MusicalYes it is. Some people, may actually be thinking that we are speaking nonsense or profanity or just find the sound weird all together. Kinda like a “what the heck is that gibberish ?!” kinda reaction.

HOSTWhat the heck must they be saying” right?
Huichol Musical-But we assure you, it’s nothing like that. The song is about a cook. Cusineala, simply means cook. Now these are folk songs, so this song is simple. Just imagine a guy telling the girl he loves that she’s pretty and that she is great cook.

HOSTAww how sweet! Now are these the typical kinds of song that you would hear in your culture?

Huichol Musical-It was more like, we were inspired by the need to praise the beauty of women and their importance. For example in our village women contribute more than a great deal, and so in our own way we sort of pay homage to them. All of their work is amazing and , for example all you see here: our accessories, and clothing was made by women of our village.
HOSTNow this clothing is traditional correct?
Huichol Musical –Yes this is authentic Huichol clothing.

HOSTNow a very interesting fact: You guys told me that it takes up to 2 years to finish one of these outfits? The embroidery is all done by hand correct?
Huichol Musical-That’s correct ,all this beautiful, ornate stitching is done by hand.

HOST So I can see why you guys are very proud to be able to take your music and traditions to other places and share them.



Buy the CD 61KjDcUjN3L._SS500_

http://www.amazon.com/México-Cumbia-Cusinela-Huichol-Musical/dp/B001BYQN9G

How did you guys get started in music?

I apologize for any misspellings .