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Norma Writes for Selvedge Magazine Issues #89 + #109
Creating Connection and Meaning between travelers and with indigenous artisans. Meet makers where they live and work. Join small groups of like-minded explorers. Go deep into remote villages. Gain insights. Support cultural heritage and sustainable traditions ie. hand weaving and natural dyeing. Create value and memories. Enjoy hands-on experiences. Make a difference.
What is a Study Tour: Our programs are designed as learning experiences, and as such we talk with makers about how and why they create, what is meaningful to them in their designs, the ancient history of patterning and design, use of color, tradition and innovation, values and cultural continuity, and the social context within which they work. First and foremost, we are educators. Norma worked in top US universities for over 35 years and Eric founded the education department at Oaxaca’s textile museum. We create connection and help artisans reach people who value them and their work.
Why We Left, Expat Anthology: Norma’s Personal Essay
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Meet Makers. Make a DifferenceOaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC has offered programs in Mexico since 2006. We have over 30 years of university, textile and artisan development experience. See About Us.
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Hope Arrives as Oaxaca Elects Gabino Cue Governor
Alvin Starkman, who writes widely about Oaxaca, posted this article on July 7, 2010. I want to share it with you.
It was the foresight of Gabino Cué Monteagudo, a career politician in the Southern Mexico state of Oaxaca, which resulted in his election as Governor on July 4, 2010, for a six-year term (exchange of power to take place late autumn). For Oaxaca it provides the best opportunity in well over a decade for a return to order and prosperity, certainly absent since the 2006 civil unrest which befell the state under the rule of outgoing governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz.
While the chaos of the Ulises years (2004 – 2010) did not actually produce notable threats to the safety and security of tourists visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, tourism had nevertheless been adversely affected to a significant extent, with international media and foreign governments taking every opportunity to warn prospective travelers to Oaxaca of the mere potential for danger.
Tourists who did visit the city were at times denied the opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty and quaintness of the downtown core – centro histórico – and to get out into the countryside to experience the pageantry of market towns and the richness and diversity of craft villages. Downtown was often a tent city of striking teachers and other interest groups, and roads and highways were often blockaded.