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Experts Say Mexico Needs to Foster the Knowledge of Its Indigenous Peoples

Carolina Goómez Mena - La Jornada
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June 19, 2013

Mexico - Education Indigenous Community (UNICEFbeKIDS)

Specialists and members of organizations of tradition stated their opinion that the government of Enrique Peña Nieto should deploy an efficient agenda of attention to the indigenous peoples and give impetus to the cultural legacy and knowledge of the prehispanic peoples, inherited and maintained by the country's indigenous communities.

During the first cultural forum to recognize the cultural legacy of the original peoples, Gerardo Said, co-founder of the organization of traditional Cali Mexhiko, and Dr. Jorge de León, director of the Nuevo Fuego Museum of Iztapalapa, agreed in separate interviews that not only has their cultural heritage and knowledge been underestimated, but this sector of economic, social and educational development has been sidelined.

Gerardo Said considered that "the two previous administrations distracted attention away from social spending for communities and peoples, because they belittled our enormous cultural historic richness."

Given this reality, he called for a reassessment of traditional medicine and the contributions that it could make to modern medical care, and of prehispanic martial art, which develops dexterity, skills, and teamwork, which, however, have been overshadowed by foreign disciplines.

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