Maestra Yazmin Novelo, a sociolinguist, teaches the Yucatec Maya language at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. She also promotes the Maya language and culture via workshops and conference presentations throughout the country. She hosts a weekly Yucatec Maya radio program at Radio Yúuyum that promotes the culture, history, identity, language and education of the Maya. Her primary work promotes the maintenance and the development of the Yucatec Maya language. She is also a journalist, a communications specialist, a hip hop artist and a member of the musical group Juumil Moots.
Hip Hop artist Jesus Cristobal Pat Chable is from the community of José María Pino Suárez, from the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo Mexico. In 2009 he started his career as a soloist and promoted the first Maya rap in the Yucatec Maya language, choosing the name of Pat Boy. "Pat means giving something or creating something new, a word in the language of his Mayan ancestors (such as Jacinto Pat) who were Maya social rebels. He focuses his work on strengthening the Maya language and with his songs he spreads the language beyond borders. He also mentors many upcoming rappers, all for the promotion of the Maya language and culture.
Fidencio Briceño Chel is a highly esteemed anthropologist, linguist, academic, researcher, translator, interpreter, professor, editor and Maya broadcaster. He has a degree in linguistics and literature from the Autonomous University of Yucatan. He has a Masters with a specialty in linguistics from the National School of Anthropology and History and a PhD in anthropological linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has been a professor-researcher of the INAH Yucatán Center for more than 25 years, where he created and coordinates the linguistics section. He was the national coordinator of the Research Project of the Catalog of National Indigenous Languages, published by INALI, where he has held the Research Directorate in 2006 and the Academic and Linguistic Policy Deputy General Directorate in 2018. For more than 30 years he has documented the Mayan oral tradition with the speakers and ritual specialists of the Yucatan Peninsula. He is the author of many books and articles on the Maya language and has been the recipient of the "Wigberto Jiménez Moreno National Award" for best Master's thesis in the field of Linguistics (1998), the National Prize for Journalism and Information (2001), as well as the Yuri Knorosov Medal (2016) and named the Professor Diputado Pánfilo Novelo Martín (2018), awarded for his work on the preservation and rescue of the Maya language and the defense of linguistic rights. For more than 30 years he has documented the Mayan oral tradition with the speakers and ritual specialists of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Author-storyteller and playwright, Feliciano Sánchez Chan, was born in Xaya, Tekax, Yucatán, México, on January 24th, 1960. He has worked as a cultural promoter, appointed by the General Directorate of Popular Cultures from 1981-2015. He has taught theater workshops and organized seven peninsular Maya theatre meetings throughout Mexico. He has taught the Maya language from 1978 to the present, in various institutions, including his home state of Yucatán and in Mexico City. He served as Deputy Director General of the Institute for the Development of Maya Culture for the state of Yucatán from 2001 to 2007. He is currently president of MIATZIL MAAYÁA, A.C. Sánchez Chan has coordinated the publication of 13 books of Mayan narrative through the project Continuity of the Collective Memory of the Mayan People of Yucatán. This includes a book of poems Ukp'éel Wayak ' (Seven Dreams, 1998, 2008) and U Yixi'im Chan X-Nuuk (The Little Old Lady’s Corn, 2008). He was Professor of Mayan-Language Creative Writing in the Program of Continuous Formation of the Mayan Language, organized under the Direction of Indigenous Education and the University of Oriente from 2010 to 2012.
MARIA ELDA REBECA MISS BARRERA received her Bachelors degree in Education for preschool in Native Education at the National University of Pedagogy 041 “Maria Lavalle Urbina”, in the city of San Francisco de Campeche. She has been working at the School District office in the Department on Native Education since 1990, first as a teacher at “Centro de Educación Preescolar “Edzna” y “Guadalupe Victoria”, afterwards she was commissioned to work at the Department of Native Education at the office of the School District of the city of San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico.
Since then she has been assisting at the Bilingual Radio Producer as a Pedagogic Technician Assistant, responsible for “The Reading Corner” program. She has participated in the writing a Maya Literature Book, coordinated by the General Direction of the Department of Native Education. She is the State Coordinator for the Pedagogic Technical Assistant and Attention to Education to Social Diversity Linguistic and Culture, (PAED). Currently she is in charge of “La Escuela al Centro and Autonomía Curricular programs. She attended an International Studies for Professional and Pedagogic Learning program of 542 Hours at the College of Education in The University of Arizona.
Norberto May Pat, was born in the Maya population cruzo'ob of José María Pino Suarez, Chan Santa Cruz, today known as Felipe Carrillo Puerto Quintana Roo. His paternal grandparents are descendants of the fifth generation of Jacinto Pat, thus a descendant of the initiators of the caste war of 1847. Pat has an extensive background in the teaching of the Maya language throughout Maya communities, starting in 1995 in the state of Yucatan, in communities such as Xcalakdzonot, municipality of Chankom, and Chemax, Yucatán. In 2000, he then began to teach in Quintana Roo in Maya communities such as San Juan, Tulum, and Chanchen Primero. Since 2004, he has taught the Maya language workshop at the Valladolid Yucatán House of Culture. From 2010 until the present, he has been responsible for teaching the Maya language in the northern area of Quintana Roo. He is the author of General Directorate of Indigenous Education (2018) or áanalte'il xoknáal yáaxja'ab xook. He spent a year at the University of Arizona, College of Education in the Semillas program.
Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech is an educator, linguist, poet, author and a Maya language speaker from Calkiní, Campeche, Mexico. He is a graduate from the Autonomous University of Chapingo. He has extensive teaching experience, an engineer and an agronomist, specializing in rural sociology. He has been a member of the National System of Creators of Art, from 2011-2013 and 2015-2017. His teaching career began in 1968 as an elementary school teacher all the way to the present as a professor at UNAM. He began teaching a Maya language course in 2005; that year he taught a course on how to read Maya hieroglyphics. He has continued with similar courses on the Maya language. As an award-winning writer, he also has an extensive writing background, with many books including: Muk’ult’an in nool, Secretos del abuelo (2001 & 2006), J-nool Gregorioe’ juntúul miats’il maya, El abuelo Gregorio un sabio maya, CONACULTA, 2012, K’aank’an ya’il icho’ob: wayé, ¡ma’ a t’aan ich maya! Lágrimas de oro: aquí, ¡no hables maya!, CONACULTA, 2013, Nichjkóil peek’, La ética del perro, 2017, and Viaje iniciático a la literatura maya, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, México, 2019.