On February 16th, Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez gave a talk titled “Indigenous Languages in Educational Policies” in San Cristóbal de Las Casas as part of the Symposium: Las lenguas indígenas y los desafíos en el Siglo XXI, organized by INALI and the Asociación Indígena Académica. The event emphasized the importance of continuing to use indigenous languages in a variety of contexts in order to continue strengthening these languages.
I’m originally from Tila, Chiapas and I now live in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where I’m currently working as a researcher in the CIMSUR branch of UNAM. I did my bachelor’s degree in social anthropology in UNACH and then an MA in Indoamerican linguistics at CIESAS in Mexico City. Finally, I completed a doctoral degree in linguistics at UT-Austin in the US. I like to give courses about strengthening indigenous languages, and I can also be found studying Ch’ol grammar.
Juan Jesús doing fieldwork in Campanario