To say that you’re indigenous is a dirty word for many people still. It implies that you have no education. But these days, our kids go to school and learn about many cultures, including their own. So now it’s the kids that talk to their parents and grandparents here, and tell them, ‘Look, your culture is important.’
Ted Lazaro is a computer programmer by day, but spends his evenings and weekends practicing Zapotec with his children. He spoke with PRI’s The World.