The first edition of the Mexican Indigenous Music Festival will be held from September 12 to September 16 in Chicago, Illinois, with the aim of recognizing and spreading the cultural richness of the indigenous communities from Mexico in the United States.
The pianist Romeyno Gutierrez and the artisan Catalina Batista will transport the Rarámuri culture of the state of Chihuahua to the festival organized by the General Consulate of Mexico in Chicago, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Los Cenzontles, and the Council of Cultural Diversity Without Borders.
Gabriela de la Cruz, head of the Cultural Linkage and Fund-raising Management Department of the Secretariat of Culture of Chihuahua, indicated that representatives from indigenous cultures from Michoacán, Guanajuato, and Chiapas will also participate.
She explained that the activities will take place in public elementary and middle schools in Chicago, as well as in other venues to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day, in other cities in Illinois.
"It's the first Festival of Indigenous Music in Chicago and it's an honor and pride that they invited our state. There will also be an artistic, gastronomic, and clothing show," she said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Culture.
Romeyno Gutierrez Luna, from the Retosachi community, in the municipality of Batopilas, is the first indigenous pianist in Latin America.
Romeyno debuted as a composer with the album "Danzas Rarámuri en el piano", which presents a fusion of classical piano music with Rarámuri music.
Romeyno Gutierrez will arrive in the United States to premiere his most recent album and will play two concerts during the First Festival of Indigenous Music in Chicago.
Catalina Batista, originally from Cusárare, in Guachochi, is a successful indigenous businesswoman dedicated to promoting her culture through Rarámuri crafts.
She has dedicated her life to the creation and sale of traditional clothing, necklaces, earrings, ornaments, and vases, items she will exhibit and sell during her the festival.