Ethnic pride and cultural awareness in San Juan Chamula.

Vídeo: Petrona y las tradiciones de San Juan Chamula

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.

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Vocabulario al capítulo

  • Sustantivos
    antepasado
    cargo
    hilo
    hoja
    lana
    peluche
    pulsera
    tela
    telar
    tinte natural
  • Verbos
    entender / comprender
    preguntar >< contestar
    vender >< comprar
    enseñar >< aprender
    teñir
    tejer
    bordar
    sembrar
    coser
    Colores
  • amarillo
    azul
    verde
    rojo
    morado
    turquesa
    negro
    blanco
    celeste

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.

The Church of San Juan Chamula
La vieja iglesia y el cementerio de San Juan Chamula. Tradicionalmente se dice que las cruces negras son para los que murieron viejos, las blancas para los jóvenes y los azules para el resto.
The Church of San Juan Chamula
La bonita nueva iglesia de San Juan Chamula

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Maya designs and textile art

Learn moore about Mayan textile art and the works of Petrona on the next pages.

Native mexican languages and cultures

To learn more about the tremendous amount of Mexican languages and cultures, see the chapter:

Native Mexican languages and cultures.

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