Raúl Ernesto Manzanilla Haas

Social Anthropology, Speleology, Music

Raúl holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Sciences with a focus in Social Anthropology from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), awarded in 2013. He has participated in various research projects in rural communities throughout Yucatán, working with institutions such as CIR Sociales of UADY, el Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS Peninsular), and Michigan Technological University.

Raúl’s work touches on diverse themes such as Gender and Violence, Anthropology of Work, Traditional Medicine, Public Health, Food Systems, Indigenous Migration, and Biodiesel Production in Yucatán.

Active member and founder of Grupo Espeleológico Ajau, participating in a variety of explorations in caves throughout the peninsula with local, national and international speleological groups, such as Espeleoclube L’Ecole Polytechnique of France. 

Raúl has participated in diverse forums at national and international levels, focusing on the relationship between man and nature, caves and mythology. Within his most recent publications is the article, Exploration of Aktun Jaaleb, Yucatán, México” in the journal of the Association for Mexican Cave Studies in Austin, Texas.

Additionally, Raúl works with PICY in the development of independent and academic projects of our students, such as serving as an internship supervisor. He carries out field studies and works as a link between rural communities and our institution.

Since 2003, he has been a member of the experimental music group, Kan Bakab, which reclaims Mesoamerican instruments with pre-hispanic origins to create new and unique sounds.