###

UADY student barred from pursuing degree in native tongue

Don't miss

New closure of Tulum archaeological site worries business owners

While most tourists obey face mask regulations, others simply ignore them. Photo: Courtesy

ESAY prof fired after asking students to pose nude

ESAY arts school, near Mérida's La Plancha park. Photo: Courtesy A professor at...

Hope on the horizon as Yucatán lifts more COVID-19 restrictions

Over a year after they were first introduced, mobility restrictions in Yucatán have now been completely rescinded.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
James Sarao Cauich / Facebook

After completing his research protocols, then-student James Sarao Cauich intended to pursue his degree work in Mayan, his native language, but professors from the Autonomous University of Yucatán (UADY) said no.

The professors argued that it makes no sense to write something that “nobody is going to read,” according to the newspaper La Jornada Maya.

That, Sarao said, is evidence of a discriminatory academic system. In Yucatán, no degree work or exam has been presented in the Mayan language, despite the fact that a considerable number of students of Maya heritage are enrolled.

On the Peninsula, Yucatec Maya was spoken for thousands of years before Spanish was imposed on its inhabitants. The original language was banned for centuries and codices were famously burned by colonizers.

But the language survives. One in three Yucatecans — about 575,700 people — speak Mayan and it is mandated to be taught in public schools.

Sarao maintains that the instance is an example of Eurocentrism that prevails in academia.

“I think that for reasons of practicality they create these guidelines, but they are not considering that we exist,” he stated. “Students who want to build other types of theories from our own disciplines, from our own identity.”

Now working as a Mayan language teacher and lives in Mococha, Sarao sees evidence that there are more efforts to reverse that notion and while bureaucratic rigidity is softening, although discrimination continues to exist.

“At this point, students should have the right to present their degree work in their own language, and there should be training in the Mayan language for teachers. It is understood that not all of them have Mayan as their mother tongue, but they should have the obligation to learn it,” said Sarao.

Universities that allow degree programs to exist in native languages, he explained, are intercultural.

“There is a potential for Mayan speakers to make themselves understood, to explain their own concerns, to do so from their own terms and to explore the communities’ own knowledge systems, in their native language in order to reinforce their identity,” he said.

Source: La Jornada Maya

- Advertisement -


- Advertisement -

Popular

Its port quiet for over a year, Progreso will welcome Carnival Breeze in July

Progreso will be a rare port of call for Carnival in July.

Comalcalco, the oddball of the Maya world

Archaeology Monday provides historical background, photos and practical information about these ancient marvels and how to get out and enjoy them for yourself. This week we travel far afield to western Tabasco to explore the unique ancient city of Comalcalco.

Stranded 3 years in Yucatán, Alejandra Juarez will be home for Mother’s Day

Alejandra Juarez and her husband of 20 years Temo Juarez, an Iraq combat veteran, enjoy a barbecue with friends in April....

Are COVID-19 restrictions in Yucatan about to come to an end?

Several COVID-19 restrictions expected to be lifted next Monday in Yucatán.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -