This bilingual exhibit is set in the backdrop of an Oaxacan mountain village. Explore the daily life of the residents of Yalálag in the modern day.
Yalálag: A Mountain Village in Mexico is a 1,854 sq ft bilingual exhibit set in the backdrop of an Oaxacan mountain village that shows the customs, daily life and heritage of the people of Yalálag in the modern day. The realistic environments of the house, La Restaurante, La Miscelanea, Huarachería, school, and market provide authentic opportunities for visitors to "step into" life in Yalálag, and experience a culture that may be different from their own. Real artifacts, artwork, and video collected by museum staff on multiple trips to Mexico featuring the people and places in Oaxaca provide visitors with an even deeper level of engagement and understanding. The exhibit speaks to all children and their families living in the diversity of the modern world.
Yalálag: A Mountain Village in Mexico represents one of the many cultural heritages of the visitors of the Museum and serves to engender cultural understanding as it facilitates children’s development. As a temporary exhibit in our How Are We Alike? gallery, this hands-on space allows children and families to compare and contrast Yalálag, Mexico and Houston, Texas in terms of culture, art, history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, and the technology of daily life. By providing children with opportunities to step into the life of a child from a culture that may be different from their own, our goals are to help break down the boundaries of culture in a non-threatening environment, encourage exploration and role-play that places children in settings that they have not encountered before, and promote respect for and a desire to understand people from various backgrounds.
La miscelanea is a variety store located near the market with a wide assortments of products. Visitors can role play as customers and shopkeeper.
Check out the village’s school and imagine what a typical school day is like for the children of Villa Hidalgo as you read, play, and explore.
Head through the Zócalo, or town square, to the Huarachería Aquino. Use the tools provided to fashion your own pair of huaraches, a traditional sandal made by the residents of Yalálag.
· “Drive” on a Combi, a VW bus in the central plaza.
· Use the puppets and images to retell a story in the school room.
· Look for all the different animals in the exhibit.
· Head to la casa to prepare a meal in a typical Oaxacan house.
· Explore the manipulatives in the school room.
· Grab a shopping list and pick up groceries at la miscelánea.
· Make and sell tortillas at La Tortillería
· Pick up some passengers on the bajaj mototaxi in the central plaza.
· Match Oaxaca herbs and foods to their fragrances in the mercado.
· Use your math skills to convert pesos into dollars in La Miscelánea
· Learn how people in Oaxaca weave baskets and rugs in the central plaza.
· Check out artifacts from the Oaxacan region at the Municipal Building.