TECOH, Yucatan, May 19, 2023.- Using puppets that brought to life the story of Nicte Ha and her family, a frog, a crocodile and a monkey, preschool children from the municipality of Tecoh reflected on one of the most severe environmental current problems, as part of the initiative known as “Let’s take care of Water”, during the beginning of the project “Wings and Seeds”.
The scheme, which belongs to the Annual Program for Children’s Cultural Development Alas y Raíces, will reach 56 Yucatecan municipalities from May to August 2023 with 60 actions supported by Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal, through the Ministry of Culture and the Arts (SEDECULTA).
According to Gilma Tuyub, director of the company Aura Producciones and in charge of the project, “We seek to bring attention to children from 3 to 5 years of age, from preschool age, which through shows and workshops bring them closer to culture and above all, to the care of water, how to use it properly, to see that it is not contaminated and that they give us their point of view on how to take care of it”.
In relation to the play, he said that “puppets are a tool to bring them ideas. We are going to see a family that with small actions they can take care of the water, we are going to see a girl who helps in the house, and in the other one we are going to see some animals that are sad because their habitat has been polluted”.
Likewise, its focus is on the culture of peace, sustainability, and children’s participation, specifically in the care of water. Among the acts of the play, the elements of the theater were explained, the types of puppets, and then the mother, the Mayan-speaking grandmother, and Nicte Ha’s younger brother, the protagonists of this unique show, appeared.
For student Ahitana Guzmán Chan, the characters and their dialogues were attractive. In addition to those already mentioned, Juan Bocón, Chongo el Chango, and finally, a couple of little pigs who wore regional costumes and danced Jaranas. Meanwhile, Lucio Azael Tun Méndez, expressed “I am going to take better care of the water, picking up garbage and many other things”.
The second scheme of Alas y Raíces is for children from 6 to 13 and corresponds to the Mural: Art, color, and movement, which will promote through play and intervention in the public space will promote a critical awareness of identity, traditions, and environment.
The third scheme is the Laboratory of Experiences for adolescents from 14 to 19, whose objective is to detonate in this sector a reflection on their life plan through a theater workshop presentation, in which they will strengthen their communicative and expressive skills.
The fourth is entitled Proyecto Regional del Sur (Southern Regional Project), in the framework of which the Second Mayan Language Poetry Encounter will be held through a poetry and declamation workshop to preserve and disseminate the Mayan language.
The municipalities benefited are Acanceh, Baca, Buctzotz, Cacalchén, Cansahcab, Chankom, Chicxulub Pueblo, Chikindzonot, Chocholá, Conkal, Cuzamá, Dzemul, Dzilam de Bravo, Dzilam González, Dzoncauich, Hocabá, Homún, Huhí, Hunucmá, Izamal, Kanasín, Mama, Mocochá, Motul, Muxupip, Opichén, Panabá, and Progreso. As well as Río Lagartos, Samahil, San Felipe, Sanahcat, Seyé, Sinanché, Tahmek, Tecoh, Tekal de Venegas, Tekantó, Tekit, Telchac Pueblo, Temax, Temozón, Tepakán, Tetiz, Teya, Timucuy, Tinum, Tixkokob, Tixpéual, Tunkás, Ucú, Umán, Xocchel, Yaxcabá, Yaxkukul and Yobaín.