Oaxaca’s Third Gender: Man, Woman, Muxe
Víctor Cata, Bamby Salcedo, Maritza Sanchez
Moderated by Zackary Drucker
November 14, 2017
THIS PROGRAM WAS CONDUCTED IN BOTH SPANISH AND ENGLISH.
Anthropologists have traced the Meso-American acceptance of people of mixed gender back to pre-Columbian Mexico accounts of Aztec priests and Mayan gods who cross-dressed and were considered both male and female. In the shifting landscape of gender identity, what might we learn from the indigenous Zapotec people of Oaxaca’s isthmus region, who embrace a third gender—the muxe—within their communities? Zackary Drucker, transgender multimedia artist and producer of the Amazon series Transparent moderates a conversation with Victor Cata, Zapotec historian, writer, and linguist; Bamby Salcedo, founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@Coalition, and Maritza Sanchez, Embajadora de los muxes en el exterior (Ambassador of Muxes in the Exterior.)
Simultaneous interpretation provided by Antena Los Ángeles.
This program was produced as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.