Ethnic pride and cultural awareness in San Juan Chamula.
Vídeo: Petrona y las tradiciones de San Juan Chamula
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Petrona Patishtón is one of the proud young Chamulans who consciously revives and carries on the traditional knowledge and culture of the Highlands.
She has already participated in international competitions with her weaving work and has great knowledge of vegetable dyes.
Here she talks about the special clothing that has replaced the traditional huipil in Chamula, about how to achieve the different colours with plants from the region – and about why she finally learned Spanish.
Vocabulario al capítulo
entender / comprender
preguntar >< contestar
vender >< comprar
enseñar >< aprender
The Church of San Juan Chamula
San Juan Chamula is famous for its beautiful church and for the towns rejection of the mestizo culture.
The prayers for John the Baptist and the saints in the church include rituals with Pox, soft drinks, Copal incense, candles and pine needles from the Ocote tree.
The Evangelist crisis in the mid-70s is an example of how to deal with the apostate: the Chamulans who converted were expelled from the city and had to try to settle elsewhere.
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