Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children

by MANOS QUE RECONSTRUYEN OAXACA A.C.
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children
Arts & crafts for migrant and indigenous children

Project Report | Dec 26, 2023
The sounds of the children's village

By Alejandra Rosado | CEO

The sounds of the children's village
The sounds of the children's village

We want to say goodbye to this year by telling you about the music that accompanied us since November, with the flute making workshop of Mr. Don, the musician who accompanies the Dance of the Black people during the August festivities, one of the most traditional festivities of the village. During these festivities, Don plays for 5 days without stopping, he is the only flute player who visits all the houses in the village. 

On the first day of the workshop, Don, who is an elderly person, arrived on a bicycle. All the children identified him very well because of that and were excited. The first activity to break the ice was to ask all the doubts about the elaboration of the flutes, the dance, the materials. Don mentioned places that the children knew and they were all very attentive. They asked him to play the sones (songs), and when he played them, the children began to make the sound of the drum with their hands. It was impressive to hear all the questions that the group had, and we even recreated the order of the dance and the sones, full of laughter.

The next day we all went together to cut the reeds at the river, we made a tour of the territory, we walked through areas of the town that the children do not usually go through on their own. Along the way the children were talking a lot about where not to go, mentioning that "there are drunks on that street" or "there are junkies on that one", the whole group was very alert about the dangerous areas. This moment was very powerful for us, because we were able to contain the group and they were able to feel safe. 

We noticed that there was little reed in the field, but we were able to gather enough. After cutting the reeds, we played in the field and then began to cut the pieces to make the flutes. 

On the third day, we learned how to make the mouthpiece and on the fourth day, Don helped us make the fingering holes with a metal pick. We had a hard time finding beeswax, which is needed to varnish the flutes, and is what helps us make the sounds. Don told us how we could identify the bees that create the wax and in which trees in the village they are found.

The children worked very hard to make their flutes, but some of them broke, others did not fit, and at the slightest distraction and play the work went wrong. At the end the children showed much admiration when they realized how much work and concentration is needed to make the flutes. This workshop has been very nice, because the approach of the children with the guardian of the craft has built very strong bonds and has increased the desire of the children to be apprentices of the local culture, because the teachers are characters that children identify with, and we also identified them when we were children.

There were some parents who stayed to accompany their children and as the days went by, they also approached Don. Kenia's parents, for example, who came from Mexico City, stayed for the entire workshop, so the work could be accompanied by more adults and we were able to advance more quickly with the flute making. 

Don is the only person in the community who continues to make the flutes. We wonder who will continue his tradition?What will happen when Don is no longer around? Who will continue with this craft? Will the dance of the blacks come to an end?

Every day we recognize more and more the dynamics of life of each child, in the moments of play we can notice with the images they bring to the game what they are exposed to, what their families do, and we have managed to create a safe environment, where they can talk about what they live and what they dream, as well as listen to the dreams of others. 

Thank you for allowing us to close this year 2023 full of love, music, tradition and a lot of ambition to continue creating spaces with our children. See you soon to tell you how this great dream continued, with the young guardians of crafts.

Don teaching about flutes
Don teaching about flutes
Personalizing their flutes (non-traditional way)
Personalizing their flutes (non-traditional way)
Workshop participants and teachers
Workshop participants and teachers
Amazing traditional guardian. Don.
Amazing traditional guardian. Don.
We have a lot of questions
We have a lot of questions
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MANOS QUE RECONSTRUYEN OAXACA A.C.

Location: Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca - Mexico
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Alejandra Rosado
Asuncion Ixtaltepec , Oaxaca Mexico
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