April 20: Event to promote Indigenous language, culture

Cahum Dzul
Cahum, Dzul (l-r)

A pair of internationally renowned Maya scholars will visit WSU on Thursday, April 20, to speak about Indigenous language revitalization, as well as research ethics and relationships between Native and non-Native scholars.

Irma Pomol Cahum and Miguel Oscar Chan Dzul, both from the Universidad de Oriente, in Yucatan, Mexico, are on campus to take part in a series being called Yucatecan Connections. Both are recognized for their contributions to dialogue about social processes that influence Maya identity. Cahum, in fact, was recently recognized by Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto for her dedicated of career and life to Maya culture activism and education.

The tandem will speak at 1 p.m. at the Mestizo Center in Cleveland Hall 121. Then, at 5:30 p.m. at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center, people can witness jarana, a typical dance and cultural manifestation of Yucatan communities.

The events are sponsored by the College of Education; the Center for Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Engagment; and the Plateau Center for Native American Research and Collaboration.

An event flyer can be found at: https://education.wsu.edu/documents/2017/04/yucatecanconnections.jpg


Anne Marie Guerrettaz, 509-335-6385, a.m.guerrettaz@wsu.edu