Keeping your identity alive


It’s a shame to see the attack on diversity and culture that has risen as of late in a country that is the epitome of just that. It is disgraceful to see instead of an effort to  nurture and encourage such a beautiful thing to flourish, efforts to suppress and extinguish it.  I think in the wake of all this more than ever there are those who are getting in touch with their roots, and sadly there is also the inverse, those who want to deny and forget them.  However long before, the practice of parents choosing not to teach their  kids their native language &  the influence of English on other cultures and languages has existed.  Instead of creativity increasing especially for slang which is the most original and colloquial form of expression in a culture, people choose to borrow and copy words from English. What I mean is, it becomes a style to use non native words when clearly a word in the native language exists. It’s almost as if the sentiment is ” our language is not interesting, special, cool enough.” It’s a way of devaluing and underestimating our mother tongue, giving up on it almost. I also try to steer clear of messy synthesizing.  I for one am not a fan of  Spanglish. I think it just sounds tacky. It’s great to be bilingual, but it’s even better when you can speak a language appropriately. What I’m trying to say can be better illustrated in this awesome  article about the death of languages.  I think it explains in a very wonderful way the beauty of culture and language and the need to pass it on, venerate it, keep it alive.

http://newamericamedia.org/2010/03/when-a-language-dies.php

SB 1070:Ethnic Media Unites


Video 40 representatives of Asian, African-American, Muslim, Latino, and Native-American media and immigration advocates got together to discuss how to be a voice for truth and diversity during a time when lies and racism are is being propagated. Their  goal is to diffuse  accurate information on Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.

http://newamericamedia.org/2010/05/ethnic-media-join-forces-against-sb-1070.php

LET’S SHARE: Mariachi Music


Today’s Chido music section features traditional Mariachi music.  ARTIST: Mariachi Band “Sol de Mexico”(Sun of Mexico)

SONG: King of the Huasteca

If you’ve never listened to Mariachi music before, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it. Mariachi music is amazing! It’s got so many incorporated elements that are reminiscent & that rival those of  Opera, classical music, and choral music.

Brief overview: The song is about a traveling musician who adores his violin and is very happy playing for others, because he is passionate about music. He has met his love, she wants him to give up such a life. He accepts and this is his song of sorrow.

LYRICS TRANSLATION(Here’s a little of the beginning) On a sorrowful night under the Huastecan moon, I swore to leave behind my violin and beatutiful land.  Today I will tell you the reason so you can all know it well. I leave all that i hold dear to follow a lady. Violin, violin  I want to cradle you in my arms so that you can feel  how my soul that is torn apart. Please forgive me,but I will leave you behind and erase you forevermore  from my mind. They say that I am King(music wise) of  the Huasteca Region, it’s what is told on the streets. They hear this violin amongst mouintans & valleys. I hope you can forgive me, and that you will comprehend. You see this time when I play, it will be the last.

WHAT IS THE HUASTECA??

The Huasteca is a region in Mexico that spans over the north of Veracruz, the south of Tamaulipas and parts of the states of Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro and San Luis Potosí. The Huasteca Potosina is the area within the state of San Luis Potosi, ranging over various municipalities, including Ciudad Valles, Xilitla, Tamazunchale and Taquin. The name Huasteca makes reference to the place where the Huastecos culture developed.
The great cultural diversity of the Huasteca Potosina is preserved until today, formed by important groups of more than 250,000 dwellers speaking náhuatl, tenek and pame. These groups have their origins in the Maya culture of their past and the Mexica of the High Plateau that attempted to conquer them. One of the extraordinary cultural manifestations originated in the Huasteca Potosina is the huasteco or huapango, music that combines violins, guitars and jaranas.
The Huasteca Potosina is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental and is located in the state of San Luis Potosi. It has a rich jungle ecosystem and an exceptional natural beauty with rivers, chasms and waterfalls; perfect scenarios for adventure tourism. The main sites of interest in the Huasteca Potosina are the Tamul Waterfall, the Bridge of God, the Castle of Sir Edward James, Xilitla and the Cave of Swallows. –
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