My daughters’ school held a cultural and diversity festival where we got to see Aztec dancers from the group Mixcoatl Anahuac perform. Mixcoatl Anahuac means the Milky Way or cloud serpent.
I absolutely adore that my daughters go to a public school that not only embraces the diversity of the community it serves, but celebrates it. I don’t remember my cultural background being recognized or celebrated at school other than Cinco de Mayo and most Mexicans don’t even celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
When I was growing up, the whole “melting pot” concept of this country seemed to be trying to melt out the parts of my biculturality that didn’t fit with the dominant culture. That might explain why I’ve never been a fan of the melting pot concept. For my daughters it’s different: they don’t have to melt, they can just be who they are without being expected to become some kind of gooey glop of sameness.
Thank you to Mixcoatl Anahuac for proudly and beautifully keeping and sharing cultural traditions.
San Francisco, CA
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