Category Archives: February 2014

Editor’s Letter

“There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. ”

― C. JoyBell C

I was a bit stumped with this month’s editorial and the subject of family. the dictionary archaically describes family as adults and children living together or people bound by a common bloodline or ancestry. Yet there are many people in my life who do not fit that criteria and whom I easily consider to be my family. Continue reading Editor’s Letter

The Patriarch

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In the 1940´s, Felix Ruiz was a young man who was determined to live to become an old one. At that time land disputes were common thoughout Oaxaca and when a quarrel in the region of Santa Maria Huatulco escalated into an all out war, eight of his friends had perished. Fed up with the fighting, he left “Rancho Las Palmas” where he was born to start a new life in a nearby region on the coast. Continue reading The Patriarch

Marriage Payments in Oaxaca: An Evolving Convention?

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In the central valleys of Oaxaca the tradition of making marriage payments is waning or disappearing in some towns and villages, while in others it continues to thrive. Marriage payments are either brideprice or dowry. In most instances brideprice refers to the transfer of currency or non-monetary equivalent from the groom or his family to the bride’s family, while dowry is a transfer payment by the bride’s family to the wedded couple itself. Continue reading Marriage Payments in Oaxaca: An Evolving Convention?

Family Day

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El dia de la familia is a relatively new national holiday in Mexico, observed on the first Sunday of March. It was instituted by the federal government in 2005 with the signing of an agreement to promote the unity of the family. The signatories included President Vicente Fox, various units of government, universities and other educational institutions, religious groups, representatives of the media, civic organizations, and business groups. The purpose of the day is to celebrate the integral role families play in Mexican culture and more generally to reinforce the global importance of families as the nucleus of society. Continue reading Family Day

Benefit Art Exhibition Returns to Huatulco for Third Year; With Opening Gala Reception

By Mary Spicka

The 3rd Annual “Huatulco Being” benefit art exhibition and sale will be held on February 21, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in Commercial Local 1 at Sueno del Mar Condominiums, just west of the Xquenda Spa on Playa Chahue. The exhibit will be followed by an open studio the following day (Saturday, February 22) from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Continue reading Benefit Art Exhibition Returns to Huatulco for Third Year; With Opening Gala Reception

Pale, Transient Ghosts – Living Echoes of an Ancient Culture

By Kary Vannice

A familial/ethnic group written out of the Mexican history books? Who could these people be, and why and how could they have been so easily disregarded?

Your mind may automatically go to some long-gone ancient, indigenous tribe, who where effectively wiped clean by European settlement here in Mexico. But, this ‘tribe’ is not long-gone, nor indigenous. They are, in fact, European immigrants whose close-knit families still thrive on Mexican soil today … Gypsies or, depending on whom you talk to here in Mexico, ‘Roma’ or ‘Hungarians’. About 20,000 Gypsies are believed to be living in Mexico today, but their numbers are hard to determine for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is their wandering lifestyle. Continue reading Pale, Transient Ghosts – Living Echoes of an Ancient Culture