Promoting Kickapoo heritage for kids in Mexico

 
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Jul 2, 2010

Happy summer to our dear global giving friends!

"Voices to the wind" contest
"Voices to the wind" contest

Hello and happy summer to our dear Global Giving friends! Three months had passed since you hear from us. We had a busy and joyful spring and we like to share with you some information about our project. We participate with other institutions in the organization of a speech contest in native languages for indigenous children around Sonora named “Voces al viento”(voices to the wind). It was beautiful experience hear their messages. The children talked, in their own words, about their home towns, their cultural identity and expressed their concerns about the environment, among other things. We hope that this contest can be useful to preserve and disseminate our native languages and contribute to sensibilize the public about the values of our cultural heritage. We send you pictures of two moments: a group photo of children finalist with teachers, anthropologists and Lutisuc team members and a portrait of a beautiful little girl who came from her community in the Yaqui Valley to remind us about the importance of joint efforts to preserve our heritage. The children are doing their part, let’s do ours. The summer is here. The tohono kids of the sonoran desert painted a mural last November. The theme is the rain dance. In the same way that the desert waits for the rain in the summer, we are waiting for the donations of our gobal giving friends! Happy summer for you all!

Maria, a beautiful little yaqui girl
Maria, a beautiful little yaqui girl
The rain dance
The rain dance
Mar 31, 2010

News from Sonora, Mexico

Raul Lutisuc
Raul Lutisuc's instructor and the kids

Hello our dear friends of Global giving! We have many news to you. We still working hard in acheive our goal: the preservation of native languages as a means of strengthening cultural identity for the new indigenous generations here in Sonora, Mexico. As you know, in order to do so, we organize artistic stimulation workshops for indigenous children, and with the resulting material developed bilingual (and even trilingual) educational games for them. The Kikapoo Lottery and Memory Game, our proyect with you, is one of the results, and we are very hopeful that your generosity allow us to print it soon.

Meanwhile, we have to move on. According to our plans, last november, we organized a workshop for the people of Tamichopa for making traditional drums; it was originaly planned for the kikapoo men, however, for their interest, children also participate. Was a lot of fun! They play and learned to make a drum! and another artistic stimulation workshop was held; this time, with the Tohono Otham children of Quitovac, Sonora a small town few miles south of the border in the Sonora-Arizona Desert. The children draw and colored beatiful images that we will use to create a new game as a didactic material for the preservation and difussion of the Tohono Otham language.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to do. The magic of playing and learning at the same time it’s something that we, and we mean you an us, have to make it last. Thanks for your support.

A moment during the afternoon lessons
A moment during the afternoon lessons
Two little tohono girls in traditional dresses
Two little tohono girls in traditional dresses
Sep 1, 2009

Good news fron Tamichopa

Kikapoo women from Tamichopa with their dolls
Kikapoo women from Tamichopa with their dolls

We are very excited to keep working in collaboration with the Kikapú people of Tamichopa, Sonora, México for the recovery of their historical memories. As part of the project, several workshops have taken place in the new Community Center. In July, the women of the community received technical training along with organizational talks. Dolls were elaborated with variations from the original costume, activity that contributed, among other things, to the development of their creativity. It also prepared them for the next step: the confection of the typical costume for themselves and for their families, topic of the training program of September. Liliana, a young kikapoo woman, proudly presented it to the women. During summer vacations, we also gave the young people the chance of having a digital photography and computer workshop. We will present the results in the exhibit “Nosotros, los Kikapús en Sonora” (“We, the Kikapoo people in Sonora”), in the state photographic festival “Fotoseptiembre” in Hermosillo, capital city of the state of Sonora. Next fall, we have planned a workshop of traditional drums with the men of the community. For the children, we are hopefully awaiting the support of our Global Giving friends to print the didactic material that will allow them to “learn playing” about their cultural inheritance; it would be wonderful to be able to give them that gift. We hope to hear from you soon!

Liliana in the traditional costume
Liliana in the traditional costume
Learning to take beautiful photos
Learning to take beautiful photos
May 23, 2009

News from Tamichopa

Checking the construction of the Kikapoo Community Center
Checking the construction of the Kikapoo Community Center

The Kikapoo community lives in Tamichopa, a small town located at the mountains of the northern mexican state of Sonora. For many years, Sonoran Kikapoos have been living isolated, away from progress and from their mother culture. For about a year, Lutisuc has worked with them throughout many activities that have keep them not only busy and excited, but has developed on Kikapoos a new perspective for a better future.

Nowadays, Lutisuc is being helped to sponsor the construction of Tamichopa’s Kikapoo Community Center. This Center is meant to be a place for Kikapoos to improve their life quality, promote and preserve their cultural heritage, and to reinforce community bounds, throughout workshops, meetings and other activities for their benefit. In order to do so, Lutisuc will fully equipped the Center and pass it to the Kikapoos for today and tomorrows´ generations.

Kikapoo men are actively participating in the construction of the Community Center, and with the support and encourage from their families, they hope to have it in full function by June. Meanwhile, the Kikapoo Lottery and Memory Game, a didactic material that will be print with the generous donations of our Global Giving friends is ready and waiting for the Center to be presented.

Lutisuc kindly asks for your help to accomplish the goals of this project. Helping Lutisuc will allow Kikapoo children to play and learn about their cultural heritage in space of their own, the Community Center. We will appreciate all your donations. Thank you!

Cover of the Kikapoo Lottery and Memory Game
Cover of the Kikapoo Lottery and Memory Game
Kikapoo People and Lutisuc working together in this project
Kikapoo People and Lutisuc working together in this project
Feb 17, 2009

The Kickapoo People of Sonora

The games have a colorful box to invite the kids to play
The games have a colorful box to invite the kids to play

Hello everyone! Here's the latest update about our new project with the Kickapoo People of Sonora. The Lottery and Memory Games are almost finished! They’re going to be a fun way to learn about animals, colors, people, family and traditions of the kikapoo tribe, in three languages: kikapoo, english and spanish.

Right now the proyect is designed and waiting to print!. As you know, the games are based on drawings of the kikapoo children, as you can see in the examples attached, please check them out.

“We all are very excited with this project” had said Luz (Light in english) a young kikapoo woman who also is learning with Lutisuc the way to make a representative doll and another traditional kikapoo handcrafts.

We thank all of you who can make the printing possible, with your help the kikapoo kids will play with their friends and families and at the same time, learn and preserve the kikapoo language and heritage.

The lottery it’s like bingo, but using images instead of numbers
The lottery it’s like bingo, but using images instead of numbers
Smile, Luz! But she’s to shy. She lives in Tamichopa, Sonora, Me
Smile, Luz! But she’s to shy. She lives in Tamichopa, Sonora, Me

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Organization

Project Leader

Maria Inmaculada Puente Andres

Manager
Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico

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Map of Promoting Kickapoo heritage for kids in Mexico