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NIRÚ

The Story Behind the Name

Nirú is derived from Zapotec, which means “always forward.” It tells the Zapotec legend that in the beginning of the world, an unknown god dreamed of creating a planet with abundant vegetation, animals and binniguenda (‘humans’ in Zapotec). The binniguenda were chosen by the gods because of their courage, strength and wisdom. For some unknown cause, the binniguenda provoked great fury and disappointment in their creators, and the gods chose to transform them into mortal creatures.

After abandoning their giant form, the souls of the binniguenda bound to their irretrievable fate returned to the world turned into birds of beautiful singing and colorful plumage. When the binniguenda embarked on their flight in search of the most beautiful place in the world that they could call home, their deities protected their journey by granting them a guide: ngüiu ni nana staleewhich means “wise leader.” Thousands of suns and moons passed before they found that sacred place. The great ngüiu ni nana stalee motivated the group by means of songs that would remind them of their history and where they were going. Precisely, the song that excited them the most was Nirú, again always forward.

NIRÚ… ALWAYS FORWARD

After their long flight through the world in search of the site that could give them a life full of harmony and tranquility, the binniguenda finally descended from the clouds in the beautiful land known today as Oaxaca, and thus, changing their wings, arms and feathers to hair, they returned to their human form.

During all the suns of its culture, Nirú became the great standard of the binniguenda. Every time they faced a defiant situation, they exclaimed Nirú, knowing that they would find the light of their gods and the promise of good fortune ahead of them.

Today, Nirú is recognized as the song that contains one of the oldest stories in our land. It has inspired our proudly indigenous people, motivating them to be better architects, farmers, thinkers, scientists, artisans, fathers, mothers and children who contribute to social and cultural development day by day.

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