It is an honor and a privilege for those of us who are part of Revista Latina to be here today to receive the 2022 Ohtli Award, the highest award for those who, during their pilgrimage around the world, have not hesitated, nor do they hesitate, to mark their path. This, so that the new generations of young Mexicans in search of opportunities to make or remake their lives, can follow them.
We express our deepest gratitude to the Government of Mexico and to the Consul General of Mexico in the Carolinas, Claudia Velasco Osorio, for delivering this great recognition.
On September 15, the Government of Mexico, through the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) and the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh, NC, USA, awarded Revista Latina the Ohtli 2022 Award. The delivery ceremony was part of the civic event commemorating the 212th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, held at Flower Field in Dix Park. This award is granted once a year by the Mexican consulates and consists of an emblematic medallion, a silver rosette and a diploma.
"I would like to tell these people that they come from a very rich and ancient culture, the roots of an individual and of a society are key to being better. I would like to arouse their curiosity so that they investigate a little more about those roots, where Wherever you go or live, you carry a personal treasure with respect to your cultural and social formation, the ideal is to share it with others, or at least know that you have." George Marin.
The North Carolina Heritage Awards is a testament to the state's commitment to safeguarding its cultural heritage. Traditional arts and crafts have been passed down from generation to generation, and these awards serve as a platform to recognize the exceptional skills, creativity, and dedication of those who keep these traditions alive. By recognizing and supporting these artisans, the awards inspire the continuation of North Carolina's vibrant cultural heritage.