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Reviving a 3,000-year-old Ancient Ballgame

Long before basketball and soccer, ancient Mayans were hitting the park to play rounds of Mesoamerican ballgame. Dating back to 3000 B.C., the game was played with a solid rubber ball that could only be hit by a player’s hip. Today, in Hidalgo, Mexico, a group of athletes are determined to bring back the ancient ballgame and honor the traditions of their ancestors.

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1st Exhibition Scrimmage San Fernando vs Los Angeles: SFV Mesoamerican Ballgame

AJUPEME USA: San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame, California Delegation hosted the first Exhibition Scrimmage at San Fernando Recreation Park (Cesar Chavez Park) on July 14, 2019 in the City of San Fernando from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Exhibition Scrimmage was between two AJUPEME, USA teams: the City of San Fernando and the City of Los Angeles, who will be recognized officially in the upcoming month.

The players painted their bodies and challenged each other like celestial warriors in the battlefield, as native musicians in full Mexica regalia played native drums, percussions, and flutes throughout the entire exhibition scrimmage.

Members of the community, family, and friends gathered to watch this native ancient sport take place before them for the first time in their life.

Sports Report Alejandro Navarro from Telemundo 52 came out to see for himself and interviewed many of the players, teams captain, historians, and the California Delegate. His broadcast will air the next few days.

The City of San Fernando was the first Mesoamerican Ballgame team to be recognized by Raul Herrera the California Delegate of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame, and by the National Representative of AJUPEME, USA Marco Antonio Chavez, along with the founders of AJUPEME, Mexico Armando Osario Uscanga and Reyna Puc.

The Exhibition Scrimmage was filmed and edited by Miguel Angel Duran, who is also member of the City of San Fernando Team.

Sincerely,
Raul Herrera, California Delegate of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame and Vice-Chair of AJUPEME, USA
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Indigenous Women’s Summer Solstice Ceremony & Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation Media Advisory

When: Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 7:00pm

What: The City of San Fernando presented official proclamations acknowledging June 20, 2019 as marking the first Fire Keepers’ Ceremony and sahumadora initiation in the United States by Lolita Vargas Martinez and the launch of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation in California.

Who: Cihuatl: a women’s collective founded by Lilia Herrera, in partnership with San Fernando Cultural Arts Collective presents Lolita Vargas Martinez aka Malinalticitl is an accomplished writer and Mexican sahumadora with a law degree whose ancestral lineage of traditional teachings date back to the year 1531.

Marco Antonio Chavez is Mexico's National Indigenous Governess Ambassador in the United States, and the National Representative of the Mesoamerican Ballgame in the U.S. appointed a new delegate.

Raul M. Herrera, Chicana/o Studies professor, Aztec head dancer, Co-Founder of the San Fernando Cultural Arts Collective, and the Cultural Arts Liaison for the City of San Fernando launched the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation in California.

Where: Historically located at a village known as Pátskunga within the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians’ territory known as Rudy Ortega Sr. Park: 2025 Fourth St, San Fernando, CA 91340 at the “outdoor garden amphitheater”.

Why: Cihuatl and San Fernando Cultural Arts Collective are introducing, documenting, and presenting two cultural activities to the SFV in honor of the summer solstice. Our objective was to preserve and demonstrate that our native Mesoamerican traditions are still thriving and culturally relevant in the US, despite the devastation caused by the doctrine of discovery and colonization. We wish to provide people opportunities to unlearn ethnocentric stereotypes that racially profile and vilify Mesoamerican people, our non-western cultural practices, and ancestral knowledge by providing learning opportunities to the public that celebrate and honor our indigeneity, identity, and ceremonies as a part of both Turtle Island (the Americas) and Anahuac (Mesoamerica).

We announced that Lolita Vargas Martinez would lead the Fire Keepers’ Ceremony on June 21st through the 22nd and share her knowledge of native rituals and traditional Mexican medicine and initiate women to become sahumadoras at Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, because it was a sacred place where five native nations: Gabrieleno/Tongva, Chumash, Fernandeno/Tataviam, Kitanemuk and Serrano; original peoples of California, shared relationships with the lands and each other through the many trade routes through the San Gabriel Mountains. The sahumadora initiation is a traditional native ceremony from the state of Queretaro in Mexico that has been historically documented to the year 1531. Malinalticitl has continued this ancestral tradition throughout Anahuac, Turtle Island, and to other parts of the world. Almost 500 years after it was first documented by a Spanish friar the City of San Fernando will acknowledge and present a proclamation recognizing the Fire Keepers’ Ceremony and Malinalticitl traditional teachings. Her arrival coincides with both the summer solstice and the appointing of the California Delegate of Mesoamerican Ballgame Association (AJUPEME). Malinalticitl will also conduct a traditional blessing of the ulama (rubber ball) that will be given to the California Delegate in behalf of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Association and used by the first team that will come out of the City of San Fernando.

June 20, 2019 also launched the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Association; California Delegation of AJUPEME, USA and officially established its first CA team in the City of San Fernando. Marco Antonio Chavez accompanied by Alejandro appointed Raul M. Herrera as the California Delegate of the Mesoamerican Ballgame and present a traditional Ulama used for the Mesoamerican Ballgame; the oldest known sport with a rubber ball. This duty is recognized by the founders of the Mesoamerican Ballgame Association in Mexico: Reyna Puc, President & Armando Osorio Uscanga, Director of Mesoamerican Ballgame Association in Mexico and Verónica Yadira Hernandez Nava, the Ambassador of the National Indigenous Governess in Mexico.

The Media Advisory culminated with a Mesoamerican Cultural Presentation that included respected and honorable group leaders and head dancers of different Mexica (Aztec) dance circles mostly from the San Fernando Valley and some for LA County, dressed in full regalia and feathered headdresses. Thank you to the all who attended from near and far.

Sincerely, Raul M Herrera, California Delegate of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Association of AJUPEM, USA.
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AJUPEME Instructional Video by Armando Osario: Hip Thrust

The following AJUPEME Instructional Video is taught by the founder and director Armando Osario as he explains that when a player hits the ball they need to run and thrust their hip in order to hit the ball stronger and project it faster: Hip Thrust

This instructional video was filmed by AJUPEME, Mexico for AJUPEME, USA and Mesoamerican Ballgame players and dedicated to Marco Antonio Chavez who is both the National Representative Chair of AJUPEME, USA and the Nevada Delegate and to Raul Herrera who is both the California Delegate and National Representative Vice-Chair of AJUPEME, USA.

Film was edited by Raul Herrera

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California Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation & SFV Team Itzpapaotl, AJUPEME USA 1 Year Anniversary

We are honored to announce our 1st anniversary, which landed on June 20, 2020 and its correlation to the summer solstice. We are thankful to the Tataviam people for allowing us to initiate our delegation on their ancestral land. We are also very blessed for everyone who has supported our endeavours to preserve our ancestral sports. Within our 1st year we have conducted numerous educational workshops and cultural presentations to youth and adults at different events: conferences, schools, at risk youth groups, and festivals like Mundo Maya. Our delegation has established four team categories: men's, women's youth, and children's team. Our delegation was selected to represent AJUPEME, United States in an international tournament in Belize and placed 3rd, which was recognized by the San Fernando City Council. We have received several certificates of recognition by different elected officials, because of the diligent and prolific work our players, coaches, and administration have done. We hope to continue to inspire a new generation of players to preserve our ancestral sports.
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For more information contact sfv.mabg.ca@gmail.com or reach out to us on Facebook or Instagram:
@SanFernandoCityMesoamericanBallgameTeam
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Media Advisory: Indigenous Women’s Summer Solstice Ceremony & Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation

Media Advisory:
Indigenous Women’s Summer Solstice Ceremony &
Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation

The City of San Fernando will present official proclamations acknowledging June 20, 2019 as marking the first Fire Keepers’ Ceremony and sahumadora initiation in the United States by Lolita Vargas Martinez and the launch of the San Fernando Valley Mesoamerican Ballgame Delegation in California, AJUPEME, USA.

We would like to thank San FernandeñoTataviam Band of Mission Indians, Rudy Ortega for Traditional Blessing and Land Acknowledgment, Timothy Ryan Ornelas, Tribal Member and Sound Technician, MC - Francisco Javier Verdin, the City of San Fernando, the founders of AJUPEME, Mexico: Armando Uscanga and Reyna Puc, and the National Representative of AJUPEME, USA, Marco Antonio Chavez, the Baja California Delegate Alejandro Cardenas, SFV Danza Mexica Head dancers, Julian Venega San Fernando Park Director, City Officials, both Maribel and Ruben for all your hard work, Lili Inlakech, Cihuatl and all their volunteers, Lolita Vargas & Miriam who came all the way from Chile, San Fernando Cultural Arts Collective, the community and their children who attended to show their support to establish a Mesoamerican Ballgame Association in California and all those that came from so far away, the media reporters, the newly appointed California Delegate Raul Herrera

And a special thank to our videographer, photographer, and documentarian Miguel Angel Duran

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