Renaissance

A Powerful Cultural Renaissance is Underway Across Mesoamerica

Language

 

The language of the Nahua people is called Nahuatl and its use has been growing steadily since the 1980's with nearly a half million new speakers being counted during each of the last four decades. There are now six major universities teaching graduate level programs in the Nahuatl language. Purepechan is the second most widely spoken language behind Hahuatl and it too is growing.

 

Music 

 

From the Nahua language opera "Song of Mischief" and the genre known as Black Metal to the ominouse sounding Nahua "Death Wistle" instrument, there is a massive music trend taking hold across Mexico that has its roots in ancient traditions.

 

 

Sports 

 

At least two unique sports, fire hockey and the 'hoop' game are making a huge comeback in Mexico. The fire hockey game is played with a burning puck and curved wooden sticks and is played at night for dramatic glowing effect of the fast moving burning ball.  The hoop game uses a rubber ball and a hoop made of stone where players use their hip to shoot the ball through the hoop to score points.

 

 

Art

Exhibitions like The Aztec and Maya Revival are proof positive of the resurgence of motifs forms and patterns in Mexico’s modern arts. Famous artist like William Spratling, Matilde Poulat, Miguel Covarrubias, Miguel Noreña, and Luis Ortiz Monasterio just to name a few have paved the way for young fine artists forging ahead with Nahua and Purepechan inspired art.

 

Dance

 

Central to the Nahua and Purepecha resistance to cultural innihilation was the story telling tradition of formal dance which was a form a silent communication that went undetected by those who tried to eliminate the traditions and knowledge from being passed down to younger generations. 

 

 

 

Food & Beverage

 

Led by Chef  Aaron Sanchez (from Master Chef), and experts Chef Claudette Zepeda, Thomas Ortega and Bill Esparza, the flavors and dishes of ancient Nahuatl speaking cultures like the Mayan and Aztecs are making a comeback too.  A flood of new food and beverage brands have hit the market with Nahuatl  and Purepechan language names for products using traditional recipies.

 

 

Agriculture

 

With the help from local Start-Up companies like Son Algas, BioBolsa, and others who are reviving ancient techniques for growing crops and caring for domesticated animals, the wisdom of the Nahua and Purepechan people is on full display in the small farming communities across Mexico.

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