The IV Week of the History of Yucatan took place at historic Escuela Modelo on March 2018, including conferences with invited specialists, in order to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness about important topics, such as the use of water in the city of Merida and the state of Yucatan.
The event was held from March 12 to 16 at the Escuela Modelo (at Paseo de Montejo) and it was open to the entire community. In its fifth edition the central subject was “Water, a sacred treasure”.
Trinidad Díaz Cervera, director of the primary school of the Escuela Modelo, pointed out that in 2014 the first edition was held in order to promote knowledge of Yucatán’s history and raise awareness about cultural heritage in a ludic way. This year, she points out, the event was attended by several specialists who addressed issues related to water as a historical determinant, origin and sustenance of natural and social life that allows knowing and interpreting different stages of the history of Yucatan.
Among the speakers: Jorge Herrera Silveira talked about: Mangroves and biodiversity; Sergio Grosjean Abimerhi and José Luis Silva with “Prehistoric Evidence and Mythology”; Aurelio Sánchez Suárez, “Mayan Cosmovision”; Jorge Victoria Ojeda, “The water tanks in the 19th century”; Elvia González Canto, “The use of water in Mérida”; Cinthya Cruz Castro, “The registry of uses and customs related to water”, among others.
Sergio Grosjean, who also conducted a talk on “Cenotes: rescue and rehabilitation”, recognizes the work of this educational institution when organizing this type of events, since it is necessary to teach children and teenagers the importance of taking care of water, since otherwise when reaching adulthood there is no awareness and this resource essential for life is not taken care of properly.
Grosjean said that during the first days of March, he led a group to clean up a cenote in Cholul, which was very dirty on the surface and full of garbage, but at the end of the cleaning up work, its water was crystal clear. However, 10 days later the cenote was already full of garbage again. Therefore, he stressed that raising awareness on this issue among the local population is of utmost importance.
Ariel Aviles Marín, director of Basic Education of the Escuela Modelo, who gave a talk called “The great flood”, states that this phenomenon is considered a myth, but was recorded by all cultures of humanity, from the Egyptians, Persians, Hebrews, Maya, Redskins, which can make us think that indeed there was a great flood at some point in history.
The Week of the History of Yucatan seeked to develop awareness and discover through innovative pedagogical strategies, actions that can be performed to properly take care of water. There was a photographic exhibition in collaboration with the Fototeca Pedro Guerra, on objects related to the collection, storage and distribution of water; a concert with the Symphonic Orchestra “Gustavo Río Escalante”; and the presentation of the theatrical play “Guardians of the Cenotes”.
In addition, students of fifth grade of the International School of Portland (Oregon, USA) took part in this academic meeting.
The IV Week of the History of Yucatan was headed by Carlos Sauri Duch, rector of Universidad Modelo, who highlighted the growing participation of the community in this academic event.
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