Indigenous Culture

Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland The state of Oaxaca regularly serves as a target destination for leagues of visitors, given the temperate climate, enticing cuisine and rich cultural diversity. While these aspects are sufficient in stirring up a siren call to yearning travel hearts, it is the work of local artisans that are the… Continue reading Sourcing Artisan Treasures in the Central Valley of Oaxaca

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Festivals

Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca Goes Off With a Bang

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A series of juguetes shoot into the night, sending the neighborhood dogs into a barking frenzy. Bam, bam, bam – these handmade fireworks are liberally applied to the open skies of Oaxaca in order to announce birthdays, weddings and other notable events. Unlike traditional fireworks, they do not produce… Continue reading Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca Goes Off With a Bang

Oaxaca life

Cultivating Culture in Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland From dance and film festivals to a myriad of art exhibitions, the city of Oaxaca is teeming with cultural offerings. Diligent ones can arrange bounteous weekly schedules via Que Pasa Oaxaca and Oaxaca Calendar, while the spontaneous can easily stumble upon more options than one is able to ingest… Continue reading Cultivating Culture in Oaxaca

En Via

Volunteer Work Leads to a Soulful Home in Oaxaca, Mexico

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland “We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” – Pascal Mercier Trumpet music wraps around me as I am swept into a… Continue reading Volunteer Work Leads to a Soulful Home in Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca life

Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Mexico supports an expansive history of textile production in a range of natural fibers like wool, silk, maguey and cotton that is woven into veritable art pieces. These creative works speak to tradition, storytelling, community and rich family legacies. While quality textiles can be found throughout the country, some… Continue reading Market Spotlight: The Backstrap Textiles of Santo Tomás Jalieza