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Default David Vazquez Hernandez, a Nahua Nahuatl teacher from Puebla

I'm glad they used the pic I took of him for the article.

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/0...cle_625721.php

David Vázquez Hernández


By DORIS BENAVIDES
The Orange County Register


Job title:Nahuatl teacher. Nahuatl is an indigenous language with roots in central Mexico

Company:Working on establishing a Nahuatl Acad emy in Santa Ana

Telephone714) 836-7116

Residence:Santa Ana

Age:50

Salary rangeonations

Describe your job:I teach Nahuatl numeric and graphic script, reading of manuscripts (codices), Nahuatl traditions, religion, poetry and music.

Your background?I am a native of a small village of 900 inhabitants in Puebla, Mexico, where the language and traditions are taught by the elders (grandparents and parents). Before the '60s, Nahuatl was an oral language. Then we learned to write it, using pictographs. Most of the Nahuatl speakers are bilingual. We learn Spanish in school, though I did not attend until I was 13 years old. I have served as interpreter in state courts, and have taught Nahuatl at high schools, colleges and universities, including UCLA and UC Dominguez Hills.

Your typical day?I work from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a maintenance employee at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Santa Ana. The rest of the day I paint my own art. On days when I teach, I dedicate a couple of evening hours to that class. For 37 years, I worked on creating a Nahuatl alphabet and dictionary using Roman characters. I finished it in May and took it back to Mexico, where I travel frequently for conferences about the Nahuatl culture in schools, universities and community centers.

Best thing about the job?The excitement I feel of sharing my culture with people from all walks of life. I enjoy teaching my own people, especially the young ones, how to love their own traditions and how to keep their roots alive.

Biggest challenge?To remain physically and mentally healthy.

How many hours a week do you work?40 hours at my paid job; 15 hours at home, and about two hours when I am teaching Nahuatl.

Advice for someone interested in a job like yours?First and foremost, if there is someone who knows how to read, write and speak Nahuatl, to apply themselves and start teaching it.

What motivates you to do your best?It is in my heart. It is part of my roots. I see myself as a rebirth of my ancestors.

- Doris Benavides/The Register
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He's cool. He allowed me to record his Nahuatl class yesterday. Said a lot of interesting things. Do you think I should post some of it?
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He always has interesting facts to tell us about Nahuatl...

If you don't think he would mind (I don't think he would mind you posting things you have learned), you should post it...

Man, the classes have started already?

That's great! I'd better start brushing up on my Nahuatl so we can practice.


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For 37 years, I worked on creating a Nahuatl alphabet and dictionary using Roman characters.
That is amazing!
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He's a great teacher! ^^^^^^




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I think I'll ask him permission before I post anything online.
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I don't think he would mind but, you're right to get his permission first... Especially if you are going to be quoting him...

Hopefully, he says it's alright.

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If you are going to post the mp3's of his speach then his permission should be sought. If you are just going to quote him then there is no reason for permission.
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I'll ask him for both; audio and quotes.
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Hey Tecpaocelotl...

That would be a great addition if he allows you to post the audio...

I know the tapes that he gave out for his Nahuatl book came in handy...

I can't wait...I hope he approves!




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I play that he gave us. Love hearing it over and over again.
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the whata? and how do u pronounce it?
Teh-mach-tee-ah-nee

In classical Nahuatl language, the root word "mati" means "to know."
I suspect that some of the modern dialects have changed it to "machti."

It shows up in the word Tlamatini ("one who knows/ teacher").


Nahuatl in the state of Puebla is supposed to be one of the closest things to the Nahuatl of Tenochtitlan.
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Temachtiani practically means Teacher.
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Default Re: David Vazquez Hernandez, a Nahua Nahuatl teacher from Puebla

Tec will you help me with Nahuatl lessons? I've been waiting for citlalin to start her classes on her forum but she's most likely very busy. Let me know would you please?

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Tec will you help me with Nahuatl lessons? I've been waiting for citlalin to start her classes on her forum but she's most likely very busy. Let me know would you please?

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I'll help with whatever I can.

Also, it's actually Tazocamatic. Not sure if you know, but David Vasquez was the man who brought phrases like Tazocamatic and Mexica Tiahui to Chicanos.
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