March 4th, 2009

Folk songs in the Yucatan peninsula

Setting: way far future, spaceship populated by the descendants of working-class people from the Yucatan peninsula

Question: I'm looking for folk songs that a working-class person living in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico might sing, especially one that's a classic already and might endure to the way far future (something people might sing to remind them of home). Something that the indigenous Mayan population sings now would be perfect. A good English translation and/or a recording would be like ecstasy. :)

Searched already: Googled "folk songs" +"yucatan peninsula" alllll the way to the end of the listing (got a lot of travelogues talking about how the 'natives' sang folk songs), searched the database here (nothing even close), looked at the YouTube listings for "folk songs yucatan peninsula" and got nothing, "folk songs mexico" got some hits but not sure which are good ones for what I want (a lot of this seems to be 'world music' where someone took something they liked from a folk song but I'm not sure it's authentic).

ETA: I need something that, if someone native to and living in the Yucatan today heard it, they would recognize it because their grandma (or whoever) sang it to them, or their buddies sing it, or it's a popular folk song. Something that is considered a song specific to that area. It does not have to be Mayan, but if you know a Mayan one, that would be better.

Any help much appreciated!

Heterochromia affected by birthmark (or other discolourations around the eye)

Setting: Present day/doesn't matter
Searched: Heterochromia, different coloured eyes, chimera, mosaic, birthmarks and combinations of these, read the article on Wikipedia and a great lot of sites I found on the subject on Google; I'll be very ashamed if I missed it

Circumstances: I'm developing a character with a dark spot or discolouration of skin around one of her eyes as this is relevant to the story. I'd like her to have a very dark brown or black iris on this eye too, but couldn't figure out how this would have happened. The character is a middle-aged, Caucasian female, her other eye would be anything from grey to blue or light brown

Question: As far as I've gathered skin colour and eye colour seem to be determined by different genes, and thus a birthmark in the eye area wouldn't affect the colour of the iris, and vice versa. Or am I mistaking? Is there a way from nature's side both eye and skin could be affected by pigment? Or could any damage done during any stage of life give the same effect?