Corazón de Luz: A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

Angela, at 54 years old, now owns her first ever family photograph. It is displayed in pride of place in her home on the family altar, below her picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She plans to send copies to her sister who lives in Mexico City and her brother in the United States who … Continue reading Corazón de Luz: A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

Danza de la Pluma

This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the … Continue reading Danza de la Pluma

How to make a Tapete

I think my friend Eulalia described it most eloquently when she likened weaving a tapete to a lover. They want all your time, and if you neglect them, the tension rises and they can get warped out of shape. Therefore once a tapete is started on the loom, it is continued until it is complete. … Continue reading How to make a Tapete

Update: Corazón de Luz

Our fundraising campaign has now been live for 2 weeks! As you might remember, we want to provide families living in small communities surrounding Oaxaca their FIRST EVER family photos. I have been humbled by people's generosity! Thank you so so much for your interest and assistance in this project. Currently we are half-way to … Continue reading Update: Corazón de Luz

Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd each year. During this time it is customary … Continue reading Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca