Journeys

April 1, 2017

The Indigenous Women of Oaxaca

At a rug textile mill

Happy, tired, busy, curious and friendly. The women of Oaxaca are never idle. Always busy, always pensive, almost distant yet ever present. During a recent trip to Oaxaca, my husband Lupe took the photos below of these incredible women. Some asked for money in exchange for a photo and my husband happily obliged. I only wish I could remember the differences in the embroidery of their aprons. According to the guide, these garments tell a story; they tell of the “pueblo” each of these women originate from – it is like their uniform. Once a week, there are special market days in different villages near the city of Oaxaca where farmers and villagers gather to sell their goods. These photos are from the Sunday market at Tlacolula.

Always busy, always alert and always mysterious. These women refuse to relinquish their ancient traditions to the modern way of doing things. They are proud of their heritage. After our trip, I have meditated on what life would be like for us if these women had surrendered to the pressures of modern life. If they had not passed  ancient recipes and skills to their daughters and granddaughters. If the men had not done the same. These communities struggle, for its youth wants to move into the big cities and work at a “fabrica” in modern buildings and wear modern clothes.  What will happen to them in the near future? What will happen to us?

Oaxaca Woman

Oaxaca Women

Oaxaca Women

Oaxaca Woman

Oaxaca Woman

Oaxaca Woman

Oaxaca

Selling "chicharron" pork skins

Selling “chicharron” pork skins

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Nydia O Tapia - Gonzales
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.-Maya Angelou. La Vida Valle is where I write about "la vida" life in the Rio Grande Valley. From this bi-cultural corner on the tip of Texas, I share my poems and spiritual and travel experiences. I also blog about the arts,nature and my passion for historic preservation and architecture. But most important, let's talk about "la vida" - living our lives - in a vacation state of mind. Contributions and comments are always welcome .




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