The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Malinche and friends

Last weekend, in Teotitlan del Valle, they once again danced the danza de la pluma, the dance of the conquistadores.  It was a glorious sunny Sunday and we arrived during mid afternoon break.  So I managed to catch Malinche, Juana Lizbeth Contreras Vicente, and a couple of her friends as they played in the inner courtyard of the church.
 A classic look
Getting ready
She has a wonderful presence and it always warms the heart to see her. 
And of course, she is always there with her alter-ego, Doña Marina, Ailani Ruiz Ruiz.
The two of them represent many things, tradition, history,
But to me they always seem to be the embodiment of having fun.
They are always chatting, laughing and eating something... except when they are dancing, but they actually still keep laughing and talking to each other.  It is very sweet.


Anonymous said...

Great pics of the children!
Just adorable!

Anonymous said...

I love this Malinche, Marina and friends.!!
And thank you to capture and display here in your blog, this essence of this Mexican culture and its people. Our essence of happiness, simplicity and candor.
Images that are so important to see again in this time of immense social crisis and disenchantment:
Thanks for your contribution, so we can again recognize ourselves.

Christopher Stowens said...

Gracias. Yes, these images are a small counter-balance to the horrible happenings of the last two weeks. Ay! Mexico... such a complex country.... but we love her.