Young musicians victims of musical instrument theft in Oaxaca
Ten wind instruments were stolen from a youth philharmonic group in the Sierra Mixe
Members of a youth philharmonic group in Oaxaca were deprived of 10 wind instruments when thieves ransacked a community center on June 29.
A clarinet, two saxophones, four trumpets and three trombones were stolen from the group in Santa Ana-Ne’äm, Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, 117 kilometers east of the city of Oaxaca in the Sierra Mixe, home of the indigenous people Mixed.
The case came to light when the group made a public denunciation and simultaneously appealed for help. “We kindly ask for the support of the entire population of Tlahuitoltepec …
The Culture Ministry condemned the theft and said the act could hamper children’s education. “We stand in solidarity with girls, boys and young musicians… Acts like these threaten the overall development of children and young people in Mexico,” he said in a statement.
This is not the first time that an Oaxacan philharmonic has found itself without its instruments. In December 2019, the Philharmonic Band of San Pedro and San Pablo de Ayutla had 26 instruments stolen. On this occasion, the instruments were replaced by donations organized on social networks.
The Mixe people live in the eastern highlands of Oaxaca. They are considered to be culturally conservative, which has helped them preserve their language, which has an estimated 90,000 speakers. The group is called ayuujkjä’äy meaning “people who speak the language of the mountain” rather than To mix together, which is probably derived from the náhuatl word for cloud: mīxtli.