The authorities of Mexico’s capital, Mexico City, have announced that the monument to Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma, which was removed for maintenance in 2020, will finally be replaced with a replica of a pre-Hispanic statue called ‘La joven de Amajac.’ .
The Prime Minister of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, has stated that the statue will be around six meters high and will be erected at the request of more than 5,000 indigenous women from different cultures and peoples of the North American country.
“‘La Joven de Amajac’ will stay on this roundabout and we thank the municipality of Hidalgo Amajac in Veracruz for this opportunity,” he said. “We would also like to say that it represents women, but especially indigenous women, their struggle and what they represent in the history of Mexico,” he added.
Sheinbaum emphasized that the goal was “to claim the greatness of Mexico through its original cultures”, as the Mexican newspaper “Proceso” reports. “It’s fundamental and it’s justice,” he said.
“It is a monument, it is a cultural beauty, but it also represents a historical and social justice in our country: the recognition of the indigenous women who have given us a home,” he argued during the events on the day of the Pluricultural Nation .
The original sculpture “La joven de Amajac” was discovered on January 1, 2021 in the city of Álamo Temapache in Veracruz and is currently on display at the National Museum of Anthropology.