The Maya-Maíz Roots of Raza Studies Conference
April 24-28th, 2019
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Five Days of Historic Talks & Entertainment
24-28th April 2019
The conference is an opportunity for Arizona communities to learn/listen, but also interchange with Maya scholars, educators, writers, storytellers, poets, musicians and hip-hop artists. This conference is designed for the Maya educators to teach their culture, history, identity, language, education and philosophy to both educators, students and community at ASU, the UA, Pima Community College and to K-12 area schools. Educators will be coming from across the country as Ethnic Studies is now booming nationwide. Along with the many educational activities, there will be a Maya Maíz exhibit in the Chavez building at the Guerrero Center - which is located at the UA. There will also be cultural exchanges, teacher training, parent education, storytelling for children, a special session on Indigenous and migrant women, poetry, spoken word and a concert. As an added feature, the conference will also include an interchange of presentations by US Indigenous scholars. This also includes presentations by UA graduate and undergraduate students, plus K-12 students.
Why this is important?
During the Ethnic Studies struggle between 2006 to the present, an effort was made by the state of Arizona to marginalize Maya-Nahua cultures within Mexican American Studies – for purportedly being “outside of Western Civilization.” Symbolized by In lak Ech – Tu eres mi otro yo – You are my other me – that was part of what was being taught in Tucson’s Raza Studies program, which was created in 1998 and shutdown in 2012 as a result of the anti-Ethnic Studies HB 2281. That unifying concept actually came to us in the United States from a Maya linguist and scholar Domingo Martinez Paredez, via Luis Valdez of Teatro Campesino, who wrote Pensamiento Serpentino, and several other Maya-themed plays in the early 1970s.
A generation later, that concept was taught in TUSD schools, while the Raza Studies program was alive. Despite a 2017 court victory, and TUSD not yet re-implementing Raza Studies, this conference is designed for the Maya educators to teach their culture, history, identity, language, education and philosophy to both educators, students and community at ASU, the UA, Pima Community College and to K-12 area schools.