What is Yankwik Mexikayotl?
Yankwik Mexikayotl seeks to reshape the current movement of “La Mexicanidad / Mexicayotl” into a movement characterized by cultural resilience, critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and scientific literacy. The principles of Yankwik Mexikayotl stand as a bold alternative to the tired philosophy of Mexicayotl – a philosophy that has consistently failed to formulate any sort of significant social movement while instead opting for tired anti-scientific new age ideas, pseudohistorical fantasies, and conspiracy fetishism.
Translated literally, Yankwik Mexikayotl is the “New Mexikayotl.” Mexikayotl means “the essence of being Mexikah” or “all that is Mexikah.” This includes the traditional foods, clothing, music, languages, cultures, cosmovision, social organization, philosophies, etc. of those who identify as Mexikah. Yankwik Mexikayotl is an ideological stance, a social movement and a life philosophy all rolled into one. Yankwik Mexikayotl also includes traditional ethics and values which shape how we view the world from an Indigenous perspective. To follow Yankwik Mexikayotl is to struggle for the autonomy and self-determination of the Mazewalmeh – the indigenous people. Most importantly, Yankwik Mexikayotl is resistance.
The goals of Yankwik Mexikayotl are:
- Promote a strong indigenous identity among Chicano-Mexicanos by reappropriating and defending our pre-Kuauhtemok cultures, which are often distorted, maligned, and dismissed as irrelevant by mainstream colonialist society.
- Expose and eliminate the many fabrications and distortions that have infected our movement via the Catholic Church, pseudo-historians, magical thinking, new age practitioners, conspiracy fetishists, afrocentric interlopers, and charlatans from within our own communities.
“Resilience • Resistance • Reason”
Thus they have come to tell it,
Thus they have come to record it in their narration,
And for us they have painted it in their codices,
The ancient men, the ancient women.
They were our grandfathers, our grandmothers,
Our great-grandfathers, great-grandmothers,
Our great-great grandfathers, our ancestors.
Their account was repeated,
They left it to us;
They bequeathed it forever
To us who live now,
To us who come down from them.
Never will it be lost, never will it be forgotten,
That which they came to do,
That which they came to record in their paintings:
Their renown, their history, their memory.
Thus in the future
Never will it perish, never will it be forgotten,
Always we will treasure it,
We, their children, their grandchildren,
Great-great grandchildren, Descendants,
We who carry their Blood and their Color,
We will tell it, we will pass it on
To those who do not yet live, who are yet to be born,
The children of the Mexicans, the children of the Tenochcans.
Alvarado Tezozomoc: `Cronica Mexicayotl’
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