Mexico mixes the past and the present of art

Emmanuel Zavala at his next exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa will present 25 pieces in low and high temperature ceramics. A race of hybrid characters of prehispanic pieces with forms of contemporary ones, seeking unity between the ancestral with current art.

Remaining unknown

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has worked with other United Nations organizations to increase and improve the quality of the information collected in censuses, in order to help improve the attention of these groups, which many times are in oblivion. Despite the effort to have accurate information, United Nations organizations say that it is an arduous task.

Where was the Latin American Rock left?

The 80’s and 90’s were undoubtedly the golden age in which, due to social, political and cultural conjunctures, music, especially rock in Spanish, took power. But was it just a stage for the social context?

From the past to the table

Strength gathered to learn from the millennial indigenous gastronomy, Latin America is a unique region by its ingredients and its traditions.

Our treasured places

Latin America, as a whole, has an archaeological heritage comparable to very few parts of the world; Monuments, rock art, tools and landscapes created by the many pre-Columbian cultures, including Maya, Aztec and Inca, to mention but a few.

Colombian art takes Switzerland

Colombian sculptor Gabriel Beltrán will be the first Latin American artist to exhibit at the prestigious Christine Brügger gallery in Bern, Switzerland, where he will show a work characterized by its innovative, dynamic and joyful language.

Highly recognized

Mexico already has eight awards of immaterial culture by UNESCO. With this, it becomes the Latin American nation with more cultural expressions recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Buenos Aires oldest inhabitant

The remains of a strange creature that lived 3 million years ago was found in Argentina. It is a mammal similar to a camel with a horn that lived in the Pampas region.

Guatemala: new Year’s resolution

With an ancestral ceremony, a hundred people joined in Guatemala to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of peace, in a Mayan ritual in which they called for a firm and lasting peace.

The best Latin American films of 2016

Let’s take a look at the list, made up of fiction feature films and documentaries. Collects raw operas and works of cinema enshrined in their countries. Nine films that reflect very political themes that are portrayed in different ways from conflicts over land in the Peruvian Amazon, through the drama of the disappeared in the Argentine dictatorship to stories of homosexual love in Chile, Mexico and Venezuela are part of this 2016 special.

Drawing my community

Children of Tututepec created tour guide, a project that seeks to promote culture and biodiversity through artistic activities.

Risk is still around

In the culture section of LatinAmerican Post we saw several actions aiming to preserve indigenous languages in Latin America during 2016, however it seems efforts have not been enough. 

Did Vikings arrive first?

Latin American indigenous pre-Columbian art pieces might suggest Spanish culture was not the first to step into our lands.

Aztec culture reborn with a drink

Mexicans have made “Pulque” out of the maguey for centuries, but the viscous drink was not appreciated in the early 1970s when it got a bad reputation as a drink for the local and the poor. 

Cusco with more hints

Funerary pieces, ceremonial spaces, rock shelters, viewpoints and cave paintings were found associated with the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, in the Cusco region, during the exploration and investigation of the personnel of the Decentralized Culture Directorate of Cusco.

Latin America keeps trying

Hollywood remains first when it comes to the film industry in Latin America. What’s the reason why Latin American films have not reached the desired impact in its own region yet?

The unknown treasure heritage

Although we know that in almost all the Latin American countries Spanish is spoken, what is not so well known is the fact that in these places, from Mexico to Argentina, many other native languages are spoken. Let’s take a look at these languages and cultures that compose our Latin American heritage. 

Where is the future of Latin American Literature?

There are symptoms of farewells, transformations and search of new narrative directions. The paths and shortcuts of Latin American literature are in full swing and evidenced by the titles and trends of nowadays books.

The Argentinian film industry to excel Francisco Moreno

“Fuga de la Patagonia”, the first fiction of Francisco D'Eufemia and Javier Zeballos, tells the story of escape of the expert Francisco Moreno out of the hands of a Mapuche tribe, while sowing the controversy over his contributions to the preservation of national parks, as well as for the Desert Campaign.

The rain feast: an Aymara measure

In a moment of severe draught in Bolivia, the Aymara’s festival is "to receive rain, to give water throughout the country," with culture and indigenous customs as the main protagonists.

50 years since Paradiso was published

The Cuban José Lezama Lima is well remembered by his novel Paradiso, considered by many a Latin American culture monument. Once again Latin America portrayed by literature. 

Wiwas in charge of nature conservation

The Wiwa’s lands, once a full green landscape, is now a dusty field in the Colombian dessert that hasn’t stopped changing in the last years. Indigenous communities take action!

The feathered Serpent mysteries don’t cease

The recent discovery of a second substructure inside the Kukulkan pyramid, and the previous that showed it was built on a body of water, have both opened the possibility of getting deeper knowledge about the period Mayas lived in and their disappearance causes. 

Poverty and indigenous heritage: any possible link?

According to the INEI figures, poverty affects those who have any of the indigenous languages in as their mother tongue. The National Household Survey (Enaho) indicates that 60.4% of the population of native communities are living in poverty, while 20.1% live in extreme poverty.

Gastronomy tradition seen from its roots

The gastronomy of each place borns of its products, its tradition and its cultural origins. And Latin American cuisine is nothing more than the logical result of that mixture of ethnic, cultural and social elements mixed in our continent.

Art trying to enhance and get recognition

The plastic artist Alejandro Loccoco was proposed by the Council of Hispanic Communities, AC, with site in Chicago, Illinois, to make a mural in the United States where he excels Latin American culture, its traditions and the situation of migrants.

Mexican pyramid has two more inside

Kukulkan pyramid built like ‘Russian nesting doll’ – a second structure had already been found under its exterior and now a third has been revealed

Culture trafficking: blurred identity and lost memory

The traffic of cultural heritage is an activity that connects from antiquarians and politicians in Buenos Aires to narcos in Guatemala, from collectors under suspicion in Mexico to diplomats in Costa Rica and Peru. Important lost pieces that might clear our history.

Indigenous women role in Latin America

Indigenous women took massive part of the struggles for land and defense of their ethnicity. Cacicas, mamma tallo, commandos, amazonas, warriors, various are the names that these indigenous heroines received, fighters in the liberation of their peoples in the Spanish conquest, and foreign domination.

Indigenous recognition keeps growing strong

Indigenous communities have gained significant progress in claiming their rights, promoted by the Bolivarian government, including highlights in their recognition in the Constitution and inclusion in social welfare missions. 

Stars through the eyes of Guarani community

In a country that beholds each day less the sky, the Paraguayan astronomer Blas Servin reviews the dummy lines connecting the stars to recreate the drawings imagined by Guarani indigenous community

Urban graffiti takes Brazilian streets

The graffiti is gaining more presence in Brazil, especially in Sao Paulo, a gray city that lends itself to colorful murals, but Rio de Janeiro does not stay back, where a couple of weeks ago opened the world's largest one, whose author is preparing a project Mexico City.

An inclusive constitution

The Constitution of the United Mexican States, the top political legal document in its 136 articles traced the path of the country, it has been translated into 40 of the 68 indigenous languages of Mexico.