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Becoming Mexica-Arts

Mexica-Arts was created to share the treasured traditions that were maintained by the Mexica's Indigenous ancestors through centuries of time. In honor of the Mexica elders who sustained arts, foods, music and spiritual traditions for the forthcoming generations.

We, Mexica descendants, are proud of our vibrant cultural traditions and history. The Mexica were Nahuatl-speaking indigenous people of the Valley of Mexico whose astounding arts and sciences were important aspects of a highly advanced civilization.  
I am grateful my elders insisted our cultural traditions of language, music, dances, foods and spiritual beliefs were to be maintained for the next generations. I grew up at a time in the U.S. when there was a strong emphasis on the melting pot belief. A belief where ethnic groups were expected to relinquish their ancestors cultures and become part of a new American identity. However the melting pot identity created tension within my family because the elders insisted on maintaining traditions while the younger generations were interested in exploring and enjoying new ways of living. Similar tensions are still occurring today.

 

Growing up in the metropolitan city of Chicago provided me with easy access to diverse arts and culture. Later I traveled and briefly lived in San Francisco, California and Phoenix, Arizona. I also enjoyed living in rural N.W. Ohio for 20 years, and currently reside in Fort Wayne, the second largest city in Indiana. I enjoyed experiencing rural traditional arts and also noticed the stark limitations of diverse cultural arts whenever I traveled in Ohio and Indiana. Many rural and urban midwesterners were limited to experiencing diverse cultures. I believe learning about diverse cultures, our similarities and differences, is an important aspect of life in a multicultural world. 

The arts are part of a universal language. Yet lack of representation for diverse people in the arts continues to be challenging and limits cultural exchanges/appreciation. It also concerns me when cultural appropriation occurs, i.e., people/organizations use cultural, traditional arts, for personal gain while sidelining indigenous people from teaching/sharing  own traditions and art forms. The challenges to overcome appropriators and negative stereotypes of women, minorities, the disabled and people of color is very difficult. Healthy communities are inclusive beginning at the decision making levels. More colors in the crayon box provides more lights, darks, shades, contrasts, textures and rich representations,  

 

I believe the arts are a wonderful medium to build bridges of appreciation, understanding and enjoyment for past, present and future generations.

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Products

 

  • Storytelling Performances

    • Mexica Folk Art

    • Paper Flower making

    • Pollinators​​

      • Monarchs​

      • Bees

      • Bats

      • Hummingbirds

  • Day of the Dead Altar Installations

    • Traditions​

    • Symbolism of items

  • Mexican Loteria/Bingo

  • Alebrijes/Spirit Animals

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