By Mayra Barrios
Bilingual Weekly Staff Writer
The Mexican artist and writer, Xokonoschtletl Gomora, (Xoko) explained the “deep” meaning of the Motecuhzoma’s crown at a conference held on Friday, March 25 at La Comission Honorifica Mexicana (Honorable Mexican Commission) known as La Jamaica in Stockton. “The crown represents the political, economic and spiritual power of Mexican natives, preceding the presidential sash, as the hair dressing was handed down among each Aztec Emperors as they reached the throne.” Explained Xoko.
Xoko has fought for more than 30-years for the return of the Aztec Emperor’s crown to Mexico. The crown was fabricated of quetzal feathers set in gold and precious stones. Currently the Ethnology Museum in Vienna, Austria holds the right to the crown, since 1520.
In his 30-year journey Xoko has visited many parts of the world imploring for the return of the Motecuhzoma’s Crown to its native land — Mexico. His strongest petitions have been in Austria, Germany, and he has petitioned support to the United Nations (UN). In his presentation Gomora noted that, “Finally, it seems like this will be the year,” for the hair dressing’s return. With enthusiasm Gomora visited Stockton and is touring California in search of political and economic support. Along with his petition for support he carries a message and personal goal to educate others about Mexico’s history, heritage and culture.
“Xoko information offers about Mexican culture refreshes our knowledge of history that we loose gradually when we leave our country,” said Ismael Cortez, Director of Cultural Events at La Jamaica.
As the year unfolds Bilingual Weekly will be closely following Motecuhzoma’s hair dressing upon the return of Xoko. Xoko promised to return to Stockton, “We are here to form a bridge between Mexicans here [in the United States] and the ones over there [Mexico],” said Xoko.
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