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

Sunday, February 7, 2016


One of the things I love about this place is how distinctly people dress.  You can tell where someone is from just by what they are wearing.  And if you want to see that in its most glorious, the market in Tlacolula on Sunday is the place to be, where traditional dress from various areas is wonderfully on display.  We always comment on how beautiful each style is and the work that goes into creating the look.
 These shots are from the mini-guelaguetza dance performance by kids from the village.
Kids learn the dances almost as soon as they can walk.  
And it is just normal life on display.  A perfect example was last week's feria in San Juan Guelavia, a village just a few kilometers before Tlacolula.  Imagine how great it must feel to bask in this much appreciation and pride at that early an age.  I'd be hooked for life.
Traditions that make each village unique and traditions that will continue because the young are raised in a world where it is all normal. 
I'm envious. Oh, to be a child again. Well...... maybe not.


Anonymous said...

The children have good reason to be frightened of the ordeals they are made to endure with these fireworks. This is a very dangerous life threatening activity as you can see in these google images.

Christopher Stowens said...

A valid point. It can be dangerous.