Fandango Zapoteco: Ideas into Actions

The implementation of my working team project begins. After more one year of learnings and practicing what I have learned throughout the different phases of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program –a unique program of its kind devoted to bridge different ethnic groups in the central valley through the cultural commonality and diversity — from developing a comprehensive community assessment in my community to discovering the importance of documentation. For the last few weeks, members of my working team have gathered to finalize the final script for our theatrical presentation project-El Fandango Zapoteco.

Zapoteco Community Outreach, Alfredo Hernandez at one of the working team's weekly meeting listening to personnel of the Pan Valley Institute.

Zapoteco Community Outreach, Alfredo Hernandez at one of the working team’s weekly meeting listening to personnel of the Pan Valley Institute.

These final draft comes after months of community consultation and group revising. Now, it is time to start implementing the scenes narrated in the script. Although, as a project based on the school of popular education more revision is expected as the project progresses. Members of my working team arranged the script as they best see fit but also community members will be consulted to help guide the presentation as authentic as possible.

Fandango Zapoteco is theatrical presentation that seeks to revive the traditional weddings from Coatecas Altas a village located in the central region of state of Oaxaca, Mexico populated by Zapoteco ethnic group.

In this final script revising, we are been assisted by Ernesto Torchia our most recent working team member.  Mr. Torchia is an experience individual who participated in Tamejavi Festivals and who are familiar with the type of our theatrical presentation that involves ordinary people with little or no stage experiences -its a project of the people by the people.

The new and final phase of Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program begins. In the next months my working team members will be putting our ideas into practice and will be work to organize Fandango Zapoteco dedicated to exhibit little of our ancestral traditions.

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