So as my Mayan class begins to get more intense. I started to relaxed my Spanish isn’t as bad as I had thought. Getting a job as a local empanadas shop has helped. I’m no where near as fluent as the customers that grill me left and right about the most semiotic tasks. Where as when I am doing my word by word translation in Mayan I tend to translate the words many times to better understand the scholarly relevance of Ixchel, of Kukulkán, of Hun Ahau. It’s fatal to my esteem and sadly accommodating when they ask me where I’m from and I have to remind myself of the finer art of conversation outside of my stories.
Joaquin is a native of Salt Lake City educated at the Local University of Utah he studied Anthropology and Modern Dance. Since an early age Joaquin has always loved music. He competed in the classical piano festival in his teenage years and was a part of the jazz band at his high school. His first job was as a yard worker in his neighborhood at the age of eleven. He was hired by his neighbor too mow her lawn. From their her expanded his business to the rest of the neighborhood where he worked every summer cutting and blowing the lawn. He was involved in a cultural exchange program called AMIGOS de las Americas which is an NGO that permits American teenagers to live in Latinamerica for the summer in a cultural exchange. During his experience he live in the southern Azuay region of Ecuador with a family a hour outside of the city of Cuenca. When Joaquin returned from this experience he was greatly moved by what he learned decided to change in initial desire to pursue the army and instead pursue the arts. He was a member of a dance group that went by the name of Porridge for goldilocks and had a solo in a hip hop piece entitled “Warriors of light” choregraphed by the UCLA professor Jackie Lopez aka Miss Funk. He is a member of two music collectives in Salt Lake City; the Ableton Live group and a University group that went by the name 73’ til infinity which are currently not active. In the next four years he plans of releasing at least two albums. One consisting of Hip Hop and Native American genre. The other mainly electronic and Classic repertoire. He is an avid musician in the Salt Lake underground community and this year was added to the Hear Utah Music Catalog at the Salt Lake Public Library (HUM). In the next year he plans to get Ableton Certified and work with teenagers in recovery. He is a pilar of the Arts for a Local recovery gym that goes by the Name of Fit to Recover (FTR) and is an active member of their open writing class.