Las voces de los ch’olti’ hablan al presente Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Departing from the work of Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa ‘Hocho’ (Abrirse las orejas / To Open One’s’ Ears, 2022) this podcast is hosted by the activist and researcher Aura Cumes, who is accompanied by the historian and anthropologist Edgar Esquit, and the economist, poet, creator, musician, and editor Kaypa’ Tz’iken. Also taking Fray Francisco Morán’s 1695 Spanish-Ch’olti’ dictionary, Arte y vocabulario de la lengua Ch’olti’ as a reference, this podcast explores the geography and history of the Ch’olti’ community, as well as the process of christianization, colonial violence, genocide, and ethnocide to which this people were subjected together with other Mayan cultures, but also the defense mechanisms and fierce resistance with which they challenged it. This conversation looks into the past, but also defiantly into the present and future of the Mayan communities, in both their cultural-linguistic and political dimensions, with the aim of creating spaces of dialogue for those voices that have been silenced.

Audio transcript in English HERE


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20/06 2022
Contributors : Edgar Esquit & Kaypa' Tz’iken
Hosted by Aura Cumes

Image credit:
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Huertos de los ch’olti (VII), 2021
Watercolor and pencil on paper, series of 21
29.7 x 20.6cm
Courtesy of the artist

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