Forging Mexico’s Identity Through Street Sounds
The country declares a National Sound Week in an attempt to maintain their cultural heritage.
Western culture is known for its ocular-centricism that places emphasis on deriving meaning through images and visual cues. Yet for many cultures, sounds can form a large part of their identity. Mexico is one such country who values sound as an integral part of its heritage.
Recognizing these sounds as a precious cultural commodity, the Mexican government recently deemed this week National Sound Week, with the goal of raising awareness about “endangered sounds.”
USA Today reports:
A series of four notes on a pan flute means the scissor-sharpening man is in the neighborhood. A ringing hand bell means the garbage truck is here. In parks on weekends, balloon vendors announce themselves with a buzzing plastic whistle.