We are adding videos from our 8th International Danza Azteca Symposium, held in July 2018.
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We hope this will be a space to learn, ask and respect the teachings of our speakers, who have made the long trip from Mexico and CalifAztlan without any payment.
For the eighth time we meet in a circle of conversation, learning and friendship. We are here to better understand the roots of our beautiful obligation, THE DANZA TOLTECA-CHICHIMECA-CONCHERA-AZTECA DE MEXICO. For more than 400 years, since the battle of Cerro de Sangremal, the Brotherhood of Santa and Legal Account, the “concheros” have struggled to maintain our tradition as indigenous peoples.
In 1974, the Chican@ s / Mexican@s/ indigenous peoples fought for our self-determination, for justice, for our human rights, and for maintaining our languages, traditions, and arts.
The arrival of the generals Andrés Segura and Florencio Yescas, exactly at this moment of political struggle, changed forever the fight in Aztlan. After the arrival of the “Aztec Dance,” the murals changed from Pancho Villa to Cuauhtémoc. The RAZA ceased to feel inferior due to our golden skin, and on the contrary, began to celebrate our indigenous roots.
Many false prophets and opportunists came. Our paths in the struggle to learn what we had lost in the struggle between cultures were long and painful. But our indigenous self, our mestizo self, our future self, cannot ever be forgotten again
In those days before Facebook® and cell phones with cameras, we CHICANOS looked for more information about DANCE. So we gathered in San Diego Kosoy to talk.
From the first symposium we had in 1990, LA DANZA MEXI’CAYOTL, our cultural center” THE MEXI’CAYOTL INDIO CULTURAL CENTER” (or MICC), and all our dancers have dedicated ourselves to teach and preserve the indigenous traditions of Mexico and the Southeastern US.
¡El Es Dios!
Dr. Mario E. Aguilar,
Capitán General de la Danza Mexi’cayotl, Mesa del Señor los Danzantes
Executive Director of the Mexi’cayotl Indio Cultural Center