Wejen Kajen: A framework from Ayuujk culture for learning and teaching

Xaab Nop Vargas-Vasquez - IIRC20
Thursday, November 19, 2020

In Ayuujk we have three philosophical and cosmological principles: Käjp Mëtuunën Pujx Metuunën, Näjwiiny jujkyäjtën, Käjp jääy’äjtën. Käjp Mëtuunën Pujx Mëtuunën means that work is collective, in which one the human being must share his talent for to construct a better society or community. Näjxwiiny Jujky’äjtën implies an ecological and planetarian life. In this principle the earth and universe are conceived as a foundation of life. Käjp Jääy’äjtën implies a collective life. In this principle the people and town are conceived as part of human life. That means that the human is collective and is formed in community. In this paper I’m presenting the Wejën Kajën approach in relation with dimensions of human life from the perspective of Ayuujk people, from Oaxaca Mexico. The dimension Yaj’kën is related to biological and psychosocial maturation, dimension Wënmää’ny is related to maturation of knowledge and the last one is called Jääwën, which is related with emotional and spiritual maturation. In Wejën Kajën those dimensions of human life are imbricated in all moments of human life also in the moment of learning and teaching. I hope that this paper contributes to the research for novel approaches, narratives, tools and methods for transforming outcomes for Indigenous peoples and celebrating Indigenous innovation.

Biography of presenting author
Xaab Nop Vargas-Vasquez
Ayuujk researcher from Oaxaca Mexico. He has been part of the traditional authority on two occasions, in 2011 and in 2018. He is doctoral student in Pedagogy of the Subject in the Universidad Campesina Indígena en Red. Xaab is the promoter of Wejën Kajën, a model for learning and teaching from the point of view of Ayuujk people. He is currently president of the Wejën Kajën Indigenous Research Institute International A.C., and coordinator of the Intercultural Studies Unit of the Rosario Castellanos Institute of Higher Education in Mexico City.