Pride in Speaking a Native Language

Mitla Ruina

Until late in the 20th century, those who spoke Spanish as well as a native language tended to deny their native language, because those who spoke these languages were mistreated and looked down upon. It is no wonder that they hid the language of their forefathers.

Social conditions are now changing and many communities are showing pride in being able to speak, read, and write their native language. They are fighting against their language being used as a reason to discriminate against them and they are teaching it to their children. They realize that the person who speaks two languages has a greater advantage than the person who speaks only Spanish.