Award from the Cuban Fernando Ortiz Foundation for the Mexican historian (+ photo)

The Fernando Ortiz Foundation is dedicated to disseminating the life and work of the Cuban scholar, and developing scientific research on the cultural identity of the Caribbean nation, the statement said.

Rueda Smithers is a Mexican researcher at the National Institute of Journalism and History (INAH) and has been working at that institution for nearly five decades.

The Cuban Cultural Foundation stressed in its announcement that awarding its highest honor to Maestro Salvador Rueda reflects “the high values ​​of his scientific work, his status as a cultural promoter and his tremendous work as director of the National Museum of History.” Mexico.” “.

Rueda Smithers recalls that the Fernando Ortiz Foundation was founded in 1995, at the initiative of the poet, storyteller and ethnologist Miguel Barnett Lanza.

He did so in recognition of the work of his mentor, the lawyer, anthropologist, historian and diplomat Fernando Ortiz Fernández (1881-1969), in studying the Afro-Cuban historical and cultural roots and deepening the processes of cultural and intercultural exchange. Historical formation of Cuban nationality.

I like the motto of this institution: “Science, Conscience, and Patience,” because this play on words carries the principle of life; He expressed that the foundation’s basic idea is to preserve, first, the heritage of Don Fernando Ortiz, and second, the heritage of contemporary Cuban thought and Caribbean and Latin American popular culture.

That is, it seeks to draw profiles with African, indigenous and mestizo roots, based on elements of identity, not in order to homogenize them, but in order to piece together the anthropological puzzle that this means.

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The Director of the National Museum of History, Castillo de Chapultepec, also emphasized the legacy of the President of the Fernando Ortiz Foundation, Miguel Barnett, who was honored at the 34th International Book Fair of Anthropology and History, of the National Institute of History and History.

It was with the reissue of the classic anthropology book: Biografía de un mararrón (1966), his new testimony, that marked the generation of sociologists that emerged in the 1970s.

“In the 1980s, I had the good fortune to coordinate, from the Directorate of Historical Studies of the National Institute of Natural History, an oral history project, and the Biografía de un maroon was, once again, essential to do the rescue and then build the life stories,” explains the winner.

Salvador Rueda Smithers holds a degree in history from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a master’s degree in art history from the Iberoamerican University.

Since 2005, he has been the owner of the National Museum of History, which he also headed in 1990-1992.

He has been a professor of pre-Hispanic art, the Mexican Revolution, and world history at the above-mentioned educational institutions, as well as at the National School of Anthropology and History.

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