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Collaborative Social Design with Mexican Indigenous Communities: Critical Craft and Transformative Practices.

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Malvar, C. (2023, March 15). Collaborative Social Design with Mexican indigenous communities: Critical Craft and transformative practices. Routledge & CRC Press. https://www.routledge.com/Collaborative-Social-Design-with-Mexican-Indigenous-Communities-Critical/Malvar/p/book/9781032420134  

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The Indigenous Professional Center for Consulting, Defense and Translation, AC (CEPIADET) is an organization made up of indigenous professionals that arises from the need for indigenous language speakers to be able to exercise their rights and access justice.


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Women’s Association for the Development of Sacatepéquez (AFEDES) is an Indigenous organization based in Guatemala. It was originally founded to improve the lives of Indigenous women in the area of Sacatepéquez through training programs and an affordable loans program. Central to their work is the claiming of Indigenous heritage and identity, including traditional textiles and designs which have been appropriated. AFEDES call on the Guatemalan government to protect these as Indigenous intellectual property.

Yásnaya Elena Aguilar Gil

Writer, linguist, translator, researcher and Ayuujk (Mixe) activist. Aguilar’s work is focused on the study and promotion of linguistic diversity, especially with regards to the endangered original languages of Mexico, as is the case with her native tongue, Ayuujk. Aguilar has participated in many projects on the documentation of linguistic diversity and has developed informational material in indigenous languages. She is also a member of Colmix (Colegio Mixe), a youth collective that organises activities in the research and promotion of Mixe language, history and culture. Alongside her linguistic work, Aguilar is involved in activity to raise awareness of environmental rights, especially related to water shortages. She has written in the journals Letras Libres and Nexos, and regularly publishes in the newspaper El País. She has collaborated with the Juan de Córdova Research Library (Oaxaca, Mexico) and writes the blog Ayuujk, in the digital platform Este País. She is the author of the book Ää. Manifiestos sobre la diversidad lingüística (Almadía, 2023) and has collaborated in volumes such as Tsunami (Sexto Piso, 2018) and El futuro es hoy. Ideas radicales para México (Biblioteca Nueva, 2018).


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The Flor y Canto AC Indigenous Rights Center is a legally constituted, non-profit, independent and autonomous Oaxacan civil organization that promotes the cultural identity, autonomy and self-management capacity of indigenous peoples. It was established in October 1995, as a result of an eight-year process of “Encounters and Dialogues” between the different indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, within an ecclesial context committed to the life and dignity of the indigenous peoples, headed by the then Mons. Bartolomé Carrasco B. (+).


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DEED Lab is a research laboratory founded in 2007 at Parsons School for Design, The New School, New York City. We focus on the future of indigenous artisans and their children. Through fieldwork programs, strategic partnerships, and academic research, our focus is on models that equally support poverty alleviation, artisan empowerment, and cultural preservation.


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CADA Foundation, is a public charity foundation under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3), registered in the state of New York. Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi) . CADA is also a member of the UNESCO Sustainability Chair in Barcelona, Spain. Its team is composed of dedicated individuals who have strong interest and concern towards the future of heritage, identity, and local value.