Transcript: 5.13 News Video

Welcome to your weekly announcements! We’ve got another community vaccination clinic tomorrow as well as the big, beloved local Guelaguetza festival put on by our friends and partners at Senderos, and we have a handle of important dates/reminders for you.


And I am Sam Rolens, by the way, chief of communications for Santa Cruz City Schools with your weekly news.


Remember next Monday we’re hosting a webinar explaining our budget, our COVID funds and Bonds. You can schedule your vaccination at Saturday’s clinic at DeLaveaga here. There’s still time to sign up for Summer School. There’s also still time to submit to our AAPI Heritage Month Essay and art contest. My daughter is planning out what kind of poster she wants to make focusing on her local Filipino history and as a graphic designer, I promise not to help her.


And finally, this weekend Senderos will be hosting their annual cultural celebration that has become a Santa Cruz Staple. Now you know I am a wordy person. I’ve always been fascinated by words and I overfill my sentences, my days, my mouth with them. But I’ve just always loved how words are a living display of the history of centuries. Millenia.


Like how the word Hygge, which I shared this winter, from the old norse for to comfort, is the root of the English “hug”. We access that history without knowing it, every time we say hug there is a through line drawn from the early days of language to now. Because words don’t get reset, they’re just layered with human history. Always changing, but always showing where they started.


Like how we can still use the word Aulinta, the indigenous word for this part of the Monterey Bay, which I shared early in the school year. We can open that window, for a moment, into a time before history as we English and Spanish and other contemporary language speakers can conceive it.


And well, there’s another word whose over-spilling history I want to share: Guelaguetza. It’s the name of the huge annual festival put on by our friends and partners at Senderos to celebrate the culture—food, dress, dance, music—of Oaxaca. But more than that, I love the word because while it’s a Mexican word, it’s not a Spanish word.


Now I’m probably naive growing up in Santa Cruz and never knowing much about the living, thriving, indigenous languages of Mexico. But to me there’s nothing more interesting than things like this. See English is this big old mishmash of latin and norse and germanic and greek and more. But languages like Zapotec, which gives us Guelaguetza, feel more direct in their connection to history.


And that deep history, the history of civilizations far older than ours, is here in Santa Cruz. The history is here. The language is here. The people are here.


Guelaguetza means “a commitment of sharing and cooperation.” It is a huge party, and all are invited to join, to learn, to enjoy and to celebrate. It’s virtual this year, on Sunday. The livestream link, and more info about the celebration, its tradition and footage of past events can be found at link number 5.


Their tagline this year is “una historia a través del tiempo.” A story through time. As a guy who lives by his words, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Check it out Sunday at 11am.


Thanks and have a great week!

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