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Institutions, organizations, contacts

National institutions

Permanent Delegation of Mexico to UNESCO
Maison de l’UNESCO
Bureaux B13.31- 32
1, rue Miollis
75732 PARIS Cedex 15
dl.mexique@unesco-delegations.org

Mexican National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (CONALMEX)
Donceles No. 100, 2° piso
06020 Centro Historico
MEXICO, D.F.
Mexico
dgri@sep.gob.mx; srovirosa@sep.gob.mx (SG); cesarg@sep.gob.mx

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National commission (see contacts above)

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UNESCO’s contacts

UNESCO Office in Mexico
Av. Presidente Masaryk
526, Tercer Piso
Colonia Polanco
CP 11560
México DF
Mexico
Culture Program officer:
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UNESCO Office in San José
Apartado Postal 1003-1007
Centro Colón,
San José
Costa Rica
Culture Program officer:
Montserrat Martell Domingo (m.martell@unesco.org)

UNESCO headquarters (ICH Section)
Regional officer:
De Sancristóbal, Berta (b.de-sancristobal@unesco.org)

Category 2 center(s)

Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Latin America (Peru)
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Accredited NGOs located in this country

Name, address and sourceActivities related to ICH
Asociacion de Gestores del Patimonio Historico y Cultural de Mazatlan, AC
Association of Heritage Protectors of Mazatlan
c/o Alfredo Gomez Rubio
Constitucion 521 Altos
Edificio Juarez
Plazuela Machado
Mazatlan,Sinaloa
82000
MEXICO
URL: www.ulama.org - www.amgpc.org
Tel.: 00 41 56 2224682/00 41 56 22 46 55

Accreditation request No. 90128: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2001
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- traditional craftsmanship

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main countries where active:

Mexico

Objectives:
The Asociacion de Gestores del Patrimonio Historico y Cultural de Mazatlan, AC ( AGPHCM) has been the leading NGOs responsible for promoting and safekeeping our tangible and untangible heritage in the region of Mazatlan, Mexico. By far the most important and most endangered cultural manifestation is the ancient game of Ulama or Ullamaliztli. This game dates back to 1400 BC and was played in Mesoamerica ( from the North of Mexico to Costa Rica)-this is an area covering from Paris to Moscow- and was practiced by tens of thousands of Mesoamericans. Today, fewer than one hundred people practice the game and those who do, reside in the area of Mazatlan , Mexico, where our ONG has the majority of its members.
The statutes of our NGO state as our goal, the preservation of cultural heritage. We achieve this by making people aware of our tangible and intangible heritage and which shall serve as a source of identity and belonging. This process shall create a link to past generations of Mazatlecos and to the best of what our ancestors have created. Likewise, we have the obligation to pass on those traditions to future generations, who should also derive a sense of identity and belonging . Additionally, this cultural heritage shall be considered an important economic resource and exploitable, in a rational and professional manner, by trained individuals working in cultural tourism. ( point five: objectives, page 4 , act number 12,735, May 2001. Mazatlan, Mexico)

Activities:
Our NGO is integrated by university professors, film directors and other active members. Most of us grew in the area of Mazatlan and grew up seeing this game being played and identified the factors that endanger it. We work closely with local governments and the media in order to obtain support, and direct attention to the needs of the playing communities.
Our NGO has monthly meetings, since 2001 and we seek a dual role: maintaing contact with playing communities as well as with Universities and academia.
During the month of January 2009 we held a Ulama contest in Los Llanitos, Sinaloa with the participation of four teams, Los Llanitos, Escuinapa, Mora Escarbada and La Savila. The idea beeing to keep the game alive and in the eyes of the Media.

After having carried out two International conventions on ULAMA, in 2002 and 2003 we have lots of followers at The California State University in Los Angeles, where a distinguished member of our NGO, Dr. Manuel Aguilar, is very active and has in May 15-16, 2009 organized a Mesoamerican Congress. ( Program attached) Dr. Aguilar first saw a Ulama game thanks to our invitation in 2002 . We have never lost contact with him and he participates via email in our discussions and meetings. We also invited and paid the trip to Ms. Colleen Popson of Archaeology magazine, who gave us cover story ( http://www.archaeology.org/0309/index.html). ( more on our webpage www.ulama.org/ fieldwork) . "The Economist" also reported on our efforts ( "Take me out to the ballgame" April 24, 2004)
We no longer carry out International conventions, because of the high cost- we don’t receive subsidies- but hold regular meetings to address the impediments to the practice of Ulama. A current problem is the lack of rubber balls as the ancient technique of ball making has been lost. Currently we are holding a local contest and invited all to submit a rubber ball elaborated according to traditional methods. Each ball weighs more than 3 kilos and takes more than 30 hours to make.
Finally we formed a yahoogroup in 2000 and have since exchanged exactly 3800 emails among members of the group, all in relation to Cultural heritage ( centrohistorico@yahoogroups.com) Password available upon request!

Cooperation:
Very important for us is that children within the communities play Ulama. We visit them regularly and every December we bring them christmas gifts. Since ball playing communities are located some 30 kilometers from the main city , Mazatlan, we offer tourism trips for those children.
We give them attention and the status among children is highest when they play Ulama. Nowdays you are almost an outsider if you don’t play the game. Pride is a trait of playing Ulama. This is to us the most important element since it guarantees the survival of the game.
When we attend games, which are played weekly, we interact with locals and their wives cook. We pay for these meals and in that way support them economically.
Photo attached of me and ulama players, players in action, young players in action
Centro Daniel Rubín de la Borbolla a.c.
Daniel Rubin de la Borbolla Center, a.c.
Galeana 115 San Ángel
México D.F. c.p. 01060
MEXICO
URL: www.centrodanielrubindelaborbolla.org.mx
Tel.: 55 506433

Accreditation request No. 90023: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1993
Budget: U.S.$36300
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship
- other
- patrimonio cultural gastronomía tradicional

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization
- desarrollo de instrumentos metodológicos para el registro y elaboración de inventarios aplicación de sistemas de información geográfica al inventario y promoción del patrimonio cultural

Main countries where active:

Mexico

Objectives:
-To create a collection of documents, specialized in popular arts, crafts and traditional cuisine, which includes a library, archive, serial publication fund and photo library, to be used mainly by researchers, popular artists, artisans and culture promoters.
-To develop research intruments, such as: thesaurus, cartographies and specialized bibliographies, among other.
-To document current technology used in the craftwork production processes and its problems.
-To carry out research in the field of popular arts and crafts in collaboration with educational, promotion and cultural institutions.
-To support rescue and safeguarding actions and the study of cultural processes related
with popular arts, crafts and traditional cuisine.
-To promote the best expressions of popular arts and crafts by carrying out and
supporting contests and exhibitions.
-To participate in the registry and cataloguing of craftwork and traditional cuisine
expressions.
-To participate in the promotion, registry, documentation and preservation projects of
popular arts, craftwork and traditional cuisine.
Activities:
-Gives consultation services on its library, archive, photo library and serial publication funds.
-Carries out research in the field of cultural heritage with special emphasis on popular arts and crafts, traditional cuisine and cultural tourism.
-Develops research instruments, such as: thesaurus, specialized bibliographies and handicraft cartographies.
-Participates, together with public institutions and civil organizations, in the promotion, preservation and protection of the cultural heritage with special emphasis on popular arts, crafts and traditional cuisine.
-Gives workshops for social organizations at a community level to increase registry, protection and promotion of the cultural heritage.
-Participates in national and state competitions of popular arts and crafts to recognize masters and their works.
-Participates in the Specialist Committee, working on the development of the methodology and the survey for the inventory of intangible cultural heritage of Mexico.
- Organizes and participates in meetings, congresses and round tables in which reflect on Mexican and Latin American cultural heritage.
Cooperation:
-It gives workshops on recognition, evaluation and registry for the communities to develop projects for strengthening, conservation and promotion of intangible cultural heritage.
-It is presently developing the digital atlas of popular Mexican art with the collaboration of artisans and popular artists.
-It participates in the Specialist Committee for the development of the methodology and the survey for the inventory of the intangible cultural heritage of Mexico, in which the communities will have a predominant role.
Conservatorio de la Cultura Gastronómica Mexicana S.C.
Conservatoire de la culture gastronomique mexicaine SC [fr]
Calle Gladíolas 15, San Angel
TLACOPAC, 01040
México DF
MEXICO
Tel.: +52 55 55 50 92 88

Accreditation request No. 90001: French
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 1999
Budget: U.S.$250000
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship
- sistemas alimentarios, ecogastronomia, alimentación y arte, ciencias de la alimentación

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- Creacion de redes regionales e internacionales para el rescate de las cocinas indígenas

Main countries where active:

Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

Objectives:
Faciliter la sauvegarde des racines identitaires, des connaissances et des savoirs traditionnels autour d´une gastronomie millénaire appuyée sur une riche biodiversité dont la continuité historique peut être mise en péril par la mondialisation, la dégradation écologique et les transformations sociales portant atteinte à ces modèles culturels et agricoles.
Le Conservatoire suit aussi de près les expressions novatrices respectueuses du tronc culinaire commun qui assurent la continuité d´une gastronomie à forte identité. A cet effet, il stimule la recherche académique et travaille avec les structures d´enseignement dans la formulation des programmes pédagogiques recouvrant les disciplines liées aux systèmes alimentaires et aux cuisines traditionnelles.
Activities:
Identification des communautés, groupes et praticiens des métiers liés aux cultures alimentaires et gastronomiques autochtones traditionnelles. Organisation des Rencontres et Séminaires des spécialistes. Recherche académique et enseignement. Assistance technique aux Administrations. Projets pilotes. Promotion et diffusion des informations relatives au Patrimoine Gastronomique traditionnel, y compris site web en construction.
Cooperation:
Identification et rencontres des cuisinières indigènes, des producteurs agricoles autochtones, des artisans traditionnels liés aux arts de la table, etc. Notre travail et collaboration avec la communauté est bien documenté avec le projet de récuperation de la cuisine indigène de Michoacán depuis 2004. Ce projet se développe en association avec les femmes et a pour but de préserver les traditions culinaires dans toute la région.
Les actions principales de ce projet, au-delà des importantes manifestations gastronomiques où elles transmettent leur savoir à de nombreuses professionnelles de la cuisine provenant de tout le pays et de l'étranger, consistent en l'organisation d'ateliers de formation dans le domaine de la manipulation hygienique des aliments et d'autres connaissances pour la gestion de leurs petites entreprises d'alimentation. Ces
activités se réalisent grâce à l'initiative des femmes cuisinières de l'Etat de Michoacán.
Interactividad Cultural y Desarrollo A.C.
Cultural Interactivity and Development, A.C.
Priv. de Manantiales #3
San Lucas Cuauhtelulpan
Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala
CP 90110
MEXICO

Accreditation request No. 90075: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2008
Domain(s):

- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- revitalization
- Fostering new economic activities for self-funding of intangible heritage manifestations.

Main countries where active:

Guatemala, Mexico

Objectives:
Our objectives are:
To promote the safeguarding of the cultural heritage, mainly intangible heritage, in terms of language, cultural practices and cultural knowledge, and the museums which express de cultural diversity of México.
To work with communities to promote their development, empower their social cohesion, and their capabilities to establish a dialogue in a context of cultural diversity. Work is carried out with local (municipio) cultural practitioners and stakeholders.
To valorize intangible cultural heritage through registering, disseminating its expressions, and working with people working in the local arts and cultural rituals, and festivities and their relation to the environment. Also including Mexican migrants in valorizing, funding and promoting such local intangible heritage.

Activities:
The Association has been recently formalized but has been working for the past sixyears in three connected areas:
1. we have partnered with local people to register their rituals, including the Day of the Dead ritual and many festivities, as well as forming local committees to safeguard their intangible heritage.
2. through activities in the villages, including schools, we have held exhibits and meeting to help them develop local and migrant networks to fund activities and sustain traditional forms of their cultural celebrations.
3. we have also worked for several years with legislators in several states in Mexico, helping to develop laws on culture that incorporate the principles of the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the 2005 Convention for Diversity, and we have worked very much with the difution and promotion of it´s principles.
4. we are working at present in setting up criteria and methodology to document and classify intangible cultural expressions as well as organizational procedures to help sustain and revitalize such expressions.

Cooperation:
As an example, for the last four years we have worked in a region which has kept much of its indigenous and local heritage. Several young people from the villages were trained to be photographers in digital photos and their photos were exhibited in the villages and given to the persons who were photographed. Activities with them are continuing in order to create an archive of materials which they keep and which can show the whole range of rituals, including the Day of the Dead, festivals, including carnivals, social practices such as barter in the markets, and their views on how deforestion and diminished water supplies are affecting their ritual and festive life. Some 25 meetings have been organized with students and researchers to develop new methods to register and understand intangible cultural expressions and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing economic and social context. Mexican migrants have also been contacted to encourage their involvement with safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in their home towns. Many meetings have also been held with state legislators to encourage that laws related to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage be passed and appropriate cultural policies at local level be established.
La Enciclopedia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial A.C. - EPCI
Intangible Cultural Heritage Encyclopedia
Caballocalco 28,
col del Carmen, Coyoacán
C. P. 04100, México, D. F.
MEXICO
URL: www.humanheritage.org
Tel.: +52 (55) 5564 4413 / 5025 6192

Accreditation request No. 90055: English
Decision-making meeting: 3.GA - 2010

Year of creation: 2007
Budget: U.S.$500000
Domain(s):

- oral traditions and expressions
- performing arts
- social practices, rituals and festive events
- knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
- traditional craftsmanship
- other
- Through a collaboartive web site we´re doing an extensive inventory of those activities or items that belong to each domain and the individuals related to them as well, for thus our field of work contains the 5 main domains of the Convention. EPCI AC, realiza acciones de registro, salvaguarda y difusión para cada ámbito incluido en la Convención de 2003.

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization
- other
- Through collaboartive web site´s tools, people from all the world can help us to deliver an extensive inventory of the intangible cultural heritage, this is a powerfull tool to promote and transmit the ICH, and revitalize it as well 90055 - La Enciclopedia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial, A. C. A través de nuestro programa Enlaces Culturales, se investiga, identifica, promueve y transmite el Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial.

Main countries where active:

United States of America

Objectives:
To research, safeguard and promote the group of expressions and knowledge that integrate the Natural, Material and Immaterial Cultural Heritage of Mexico and the world. Understanding such as physical spaces, geographical, natural, and historical of cultural relevance; the knowledge, customs, representations, expressions, and techniques such as: native languages, traditional games, festivities, dances, music, and scenic expressions representatives of the local culture, handcrafts, designs, and unique products or those due to their worth shall be considered part of the Cultural Heritage that distinguishes each country. Some of our specific objectives are:
a) To foster, promote, develop, direct, motivate, manage, provide help, and apply schemes oriented to research, promote, conserve, protect, spreading out, and safeguard the Material, Immaterial and Natural Cultural Heritage of Mexico and the world.
b) To promote, manage and develop the Encyclopedia of Immaterial Cultural Heritage, as a media of information, documentation and spreading out of the group of customs, expressions, representations, knowledge, and techniques, inasmuch as natural and material geographical spaces wherein is manifested and preserved this heritage.
c) To promote and develop studies, projects, monitoring, census, and grants that shall benefit to the executors, specialists, and keepers of the group of customs, expressions, representations, knowledge, and techniques that integrate the Immaterial Cultural Heritage of the World.
e) To collaborate in actions of surveillance and control before the competent authorities that by any reason shall be involved in the norm of the activities inherent to the research, preservation, handling, promotion, and safeguarding of the Natural and Cultural Immaterial and Material Heritage of the world.
f) To provide services in terms of national and international technical consulting related to preserve, safeguard, and spreading out of the the Natural and Cultural Immaterial and Material Heritage
g) To create, develop, and spread out of publishing, studies, courses, seminars, assessments, expositions, study plans, and training programs, and specialized training in the Natural and Cultural Immaterial and Material Heritage
i) To get affiliated or grouped to other organisms and institutions national and international
Cooperation:
- Indigenous groups who we work with in Mexico are: Mixtecos and Zapotecos from Oaxaca;
- Purhépechas from Michoacán; Raramuris from Chihuahua; Tachiuines from Veracruz; ñah ñuh from Hidalgo; Mayas from Yucatan; and Nahuas from Guerrero, Morelos; Puebla and Mexico City.
- As well as non indigenous groups that have safeguard expressions, knoledges an techniques that can be considered in any domain of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- As an example in 1996 we make the first non indigenous team of traditional sport from the Purhepecha ball game, at that time there were only 4 active teams in Michoacan state, we work in Mexico City to conform a mixed team (women and men), giving women for the first time in the history of the game, the opportunity to participate, nowadays there are there are 26 teams, 12 of them are women teams. We have make an extensive work in revitalizing traditional sports and games with youngsters from indigenous and non indigenous communities; in schools and organizing tournaments. Our background in this field as non formally organized group, considers
participating in the World Festival of Traditional Sports and Games. as players in Bangkok 1996, Thailand, and Hannover 2000, Germany; and as promoters and reserachers in Busan 2008, Korea
As consultants to the ministry of education in 2003, we incorporated the teaching and practice of three traditional sports and games in the official curricula of middle school. And in 2008, we incorporated 18 traditional sports and games in the official curricula for K12 schools, wich is official in over 80,000 schools country wide.
We have formal relations with the International Elder Council, and with universities in several countries. And we have develop a Cultural and Tourism advisory branch, for the benefit and promotion of festivities and other non ritual expresions that due to the lack of experience will mostly fail or leave the organizers hopeless for the next event.