PhotoVideo ¡ Dia de Santa Cruz ! Angangueo, Michoacan

(Please hit the HD button when watching this video!) The small town of Angangueo is a colourful little place surrounded by mountains in the central Mexican state of Michoacan.  On May 3rd they celebrate el Dia de Santa Cruz with enough fireworks to blow up a small planet.  El Dia de Santa Cruz (Day of …

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Mexico’s escribanos: sending email without the internet (The Toronto Star)

Also known as scribes, they continue to be in demand, writing letters for estranged lovers and complaints to government MEXICO CITY—Typewriters are long thought to be a thing of the past, or an essential piece of vintage decor, but not in Santo Domingo Square in Mexico City. Here, some 20 escribanos sit outside, behind their …

Photovideo Filadelphia Street – Public Space, Change and Stability (Mercado de Martes)

Fascinated by the varying uses of public space, Visual Anthropologist Paola Frances Garnica and I documented the use of a particular street in Mexico City.  Looking at Filadelfia Street in the area Benito Juarez, we explored how the stability of the street can guide people's actions (for example, where there is a chair I will …

Fighting Impunity in Mexico – An interview with John Ralston Saul (PEN Canada)

Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist or writer.  Since 2006, over 46 Mexican journalists and writers have been killed or disappeared, and their lives continue to be threatened.  As a result, many journalists and media outlets have opted to sensor themselves and have stopped reporting on …

Oaxaca’s Diversity at Odds with Mexico’s Education Reforms

Last week, students of Oaxaca, Mexico protested the new education reforms recently passed by Mexico’s new president Enrique Pena Nieto.  President Nieto has been very busy lately enacting new reforms.  Many international media have been hailing the education reforms as being a positive thing for the country, since Mexico’s public school system is largely seen …