Category Archives: 2013

The First Tonameca Heirloom Corn Festival 

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By Julie Etra

The first Annual Festival of Maize Criollo took place in Santa Maria Tonameca on Sunday December 16th.  This small community is located about 8-10 miles west and north of Pochutla in the municipality of Tututepec, Oaxaca. Maize Criollo, perhaps better understood by English speakers as Heirloom corn, consists of native and local varieties of corn that have been preserved and propagated for hundreds of generations.  As per a series of articles previously published in the Eye, the ‘birthplace’ of corn has been confirmed to be the Balsas watershed on the border of the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, with plant breeding beginning about 10,000 years ago. The ancestor of the current modern corn is a grass-like plant known as Teosinte, which barely resembles what is consumed today. Continue reading The First Tonameca Heirloom Corn Festival 

“Quique” in Charge- Mexico’s New Presidente

By Neal Erickson

On December 1, 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto was inaugurated as Mexico’s 57th President. With this election the Institutional Revolutionary Party reclaimed the office it had held for 71 uninterrupted years until Vincente Fox of the National Action Party (PAN) won in 2000. By constitutional mandate, Mexico’s President is elected for 6 years, and cannot run for reelection. In 2006 the PAN won again with Felipe Calderon, the Secretary of Energy during the Fox Administration. Continue reading “Quique” in Charge- Mexico’s New Presidente

Bacaanda Foundation to Schedule Inauguration of Its Ark Project

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The Bacaanda Foundation, also known as El Sueno Zapoteco (The Zapotec Dream), has “embarked” on a multifaceted project to showcase the artisanal skills of Zapotec craftspeople.  The Foundation’s Ark floats on the tile floor of its workshop and gallery in Tangolunda.  Christened in March 2012, the Ark is now populated by almost a hundred pairs of animals created from natural materials gathered by Zapotec villagers of Santiago Xanica and its three agencias (sub-villages) in the municipio of Miahuatlan, in the Sierra Sur region of Oaxaca. Continue reading Bacaanda Foundation to Schedule Inauguration of Its Ark Project