Happy New Year 2016

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Telling the World About Tihosuco

A cultural preservation and community development project in Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Leaders of the Caste War rebellion

This week I met with leaders of the town of Tihosuco, located in Quintana Roo, Mexico to begin work on a media campaign associated with the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project, organized in association with the University of Pennsylvania Museum. In the 19th century, Tihosuco was the starting point for the Caste War of the Yucatan, one of the most successful indigenous rebellions in the Americas. This heritage and community project is focused on the preservation of heritage and sites from this rebellion and the future growth and development of the Tihosuco community.

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(L-R) Alvaro Pech Tuz, First Assistant Mayor, Tihosuco | The Author | Rosy Carolina Pat Puc, Secretary, Tihosuco | Carlos Chan Espinosa, Director, Caste War Museum, Tihosuco | Elias Chi Poot, Treasurer, Tihosuco Ejido | Richard M. Leventhal, Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center; Professor, Univ. of Pennsylvania | Clemente Puc Tun, Executive Committee, Tihosuco Ejido

Our social media campaign will feature the heritage, culture, history, artisans, festivals, archeology, Maya language preservation, and day-in-the-life scenarios of Tihosuco, Mexico. We will be promoting tourism in an area that has considerable significance in Mexican history in hopes of bringing more economic opportunity to the community. About an hour south of Valladolid, Tihosuco offers tourists insight into a little-known chapter of Mexican indigenous rebellion. We hope that you will follow this blog to receive updates on the project, and we encourage your comments and shares.

¡Gracias!

-Richard Lakin


Coatimundi/ Reserva Ecológica El Corchito, Yucatán, MX

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Telchac Puerto/ Yucatán, México

Went to Telchac Puerto today. It is very pink.

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¡Soy HUNAB!/ Environmental education in Mérida, Mexico

HUNAB is training the next generation of environmentalists.

I’ve been working with HUNAB in Mérida, Mexico since 2006. It’s an organization that trains young peer educators, who in turn teach sustainable environmental practices to other children in their communities. Hope you will find the time to watch this video that I shot just a few weeks ago. In Spanish with English sub-titles.

Read my CSRwire editorial about HUNAB:  http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/1617-grassroots-sustainability-education-for-children-in-mexico

Shot on Sony A65 and GoPro cameras


Morning in Chelem, Mexico

North coast of the state of Yucatan on the Gulf of Mexico

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International Day/ Dubai Knowledge Village, UAE

Encountering an unexpected global dance party

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Today I was on a video shoot at the Dubai Knowledge Village campus. When I went to lunch, I walked into an international day celebration that one of the universities there was staging. There was food, traditional dress and, best of all, music from all over the region: Africa, Middle East, India, and Pakistan.

It occurred to me how unintimidating an iPhone camera is. If I had tried to use my pro video gear, I don’t think people would have played to the camera like some of them do in this video.