Hay Festival Querétaro 2023 – Indigenous Cultures

Welcome to the Hay Festival Querétaro 2023 programme. The festival took place from 7 to 10 September, with 105 activities with 151 international guests from 20 countries, and with Hay Joven, Hay Festivalito, Hay Delegaciones and Talento Editorial events, as well as two activities in Cadereyta.

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Event HJ5

Guiomar Rovira and Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa in conversation with Kevyn Simón Delgado

South to south conversations: Thirty years of the Zapatista movement

Auditorio del Campus Amealco de la UAQ
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2024 is the thirtieth anniversary of one the most important revolutionary uprisings of the last half century, one that resonated internationally and which continues to inspire emancipatory movements around the world. The Zapatista movement, with its egalitarian, community organization, its advocacy of traditional knowledge, and its impressive capacity for communication (it was one of the first resistance movements to use the Internet to publicise its ideas), offers us a living alternative to raw capitalism. At this event, Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa, who has studied at first hand the role of women in the construction of the Zapatista political project; and Guiomar Rovira (Spain), journalist, writer and author of Zapata vive, will talk to the Queretaro academic and writer Kevyn Simón Delgado, the author of Querétaro, historia de lucha. Izquierdas y luchas sociales en Querétaro.
Event free for the university community
Guiomar Rovira and Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa in conversation with Kevyn Simón Delgado

Event 6

Mukí sopalírili aligué gawíchi nirúgame

Screening of the documentary followed by a discussion with Ángeles Cruz and Santiago Esteinou

Cineteca Rosalío Solano
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On the International Day of the Indigenous Woman, we present the documentary Mukí sopalírili aligué gawíchi nirúgame (“The Woman of Stars and Mountains”), about the heartbreaking, incredible story of the Raramuri woman Rita Patiño, from Chihuahua. Rita left her community in the Tarahumara mountains and walked all the way to Kansas, where she was interned in a psychiatric hospital against her will, since the hospital authorities were unable to determine who she was, where she came from and what language she spoke.

Directed by Santiago Esteinou

Duration: 100 min

Screening of the documentary followed by a discussion with Ángeles Cruz and Santiago Esteinou

Price: $20.00 (MXN)
Mukí sopalírili aligué gawíchi nirúgame

Event HJ10

Garry Gottfriedson and Luz María Lepe in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Decolonising verse: challenges for the literary translation of native poetry

Biblioteca Campus Centro Histórico - Dirección General de Bibliotecas UAQ
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Based on the challenges considered by the poet and translator Lawrence Schimel (USA-Spain) when taking the verse of Garry Gottfriedson (Canada) from English into Spanish for Tierra y lenguaje, a collection of some of his most representative work, we present a conversation between the Secwépecm poet and the indigenous literature specialist, Luz María Lepe (Mexico), about the attention and care needed to translate poetry by native authors from one colonial language into another, moderated by the journalist and educator Ingrid Bejerman (Brazil-Canada).

Event free for the university community
Garry Gottfriedson and Luz María Lepe in conversation with Ingrid Bejerman

Event 7

Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa and Guiomar Rovira in conversation with Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil

South to south conversations: thirty years of the Zapatista movement

Teatro de la Ciudad
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2024 is the thirtieth anniversary of one the most important revolutionary uprisings of the last half century, one that resonated internationally and which continues to inspire emancipatory movements around the world. The Zapatista movement, with its egalitarian, community organization, its advocacy of traditional knowledge, and its impressive capacity for communication (it was one of the first resistance movements to use the Internet to publicise its ideas), offers us a living alternative to raw capitalism. At this event, Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa, who has studied at first hand the role of women in the construction of the Zapatista political project; and Guiomar Rovira (Spain), journalist, writer and author of Zapata vive, will talk to Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil.

Price: $20.00 (MXN)
Rosaluz Pérez Espinosa and Guiomar Rovira in conversation with Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil

Event 28

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, Cristina Fuentes and Josefa Sánchez with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

On museums and colonialism

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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In 2022, Hay Festival and the British Museum teamed up to create the anthology Volver a contar: escritores de América Latina en los archivos del Museo Británico, in which a group of ten writers took up narratives about the past using the collection of Latin American objects in the museum, ones that have never been seen before. In 2023 we present the anthology Exploradores, soñadores y ladrones, in which six fiction writers look at the museum collections to bring to the surface a new collection of texts that question and reimagine predominant narratives. With Yásnaya Elena Aguilar (Mexico), Cristina Fuentes La Roche (Spain), and Josefa Sánchez Contreras (Mexico) in conversation with Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

With Mexican Sign language interpretation
Price: $20.00 (MXN)
Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, Cristina Fuentes and Josefa Sánchez with Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Event 37

Baruc Martínez Díaz and Javier Eduardo Ramírez López with Josefa Sánchez Contreras

Archives in Náhuatl

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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Libraries and archives, repositories of history… and of histories, in plural. At this event, we start from the idea of how non-hegemonic history, in the Mexican case particularly the history of native peoples, has been researched through the existence of extraordinary archives. With Baruc Martínez Díaz (Chinampero people of San Pedro Tláhuac), historian, translator, poet, teacher and author of Faustino Chimalpopoca Galicia. Un intelectual indígena en el México decimonónico, a work that shows us the existence, continuity and scope of the indigenous intellectual tradition in Mexico. And with Javier Eduardo Ramírez López (Mexico), who works with the Teotihuacan Diocese and Chalco Valley Archives, where 4,000 documents are being digitalized; these documents, in Náhuatl and colonial Spanish, cover the period from the first decades of colonialism to Independence. Both will talk to the Zoque thinker and academic Josefa Sánchez Contreras (Mexico).

Price: $20.00 (MXN)
Baruc Martínez Díaz and Javier Eduardo Ramírez López with Josefa Sánchez Contreras

Event 42

Luis Felipe Fabre and Garry Gottfriedson in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

Patio de la Delegación del Centro Histórico
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Two fascinating poets tell us about their recent work, in conversation with the literary critic Guillermo Núñez. With Garry Gottfriedson (Canada), poet, rancher and member of the Secwepemc community, who has just published Tierra y lenguaje, a representative sample of his poetry, published in bilingual format (English/Spanish). Poeta griego arcaico is the most recent book by Luis Felipe Fabre (Mexico), poet, fiction writer and dramatist, who returns to poetry after a number of years away, taking up the mythological story of Medusa and Perseus. This is a masterly retelling of ancient legends, bringing them into dialogue with us and our present, with a poetic language so precise and evocative that the images he sings will reverberate long in the minds of readers. Introduced by Ingrid Bejerman.

Price: $20.00 (MXN)
Luis Felipe Fabre and Garry Gottfriedson in conversation with Guillermo Núñez

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