Oaxaca life

Adventures in Mole: Seven Reasons to Embrace Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Dunking a piece of tortilla into a bowl of velvety sauce, I place a section of chicken in the center, wrapping the edges over both sides like a spicy chili-chocolate sleeping bag. With this, I ingest the last of my mole negro from a vendor at the organic market… Continue reading Adventures in Mole: Seven Reasons to Embrace Oaxaca

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Festivals, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Color and Culture: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca.

It’s that time of year again! The city of Oaxaca is alive with music as indigenous groups take to the streets wearing clothing representative of their region and showcasing vibrant traditional dances. During the Guelaguetza, a Oaxacan festival held every July, groups from the seven different regions of the state gather together in the capital… Continue reading Color and Culture: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca.

Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Gifts of Culture: Guelaguetza in Oaxaca

Here in Oaxaca, there is currently a strange word on everybody s lips: Guelaguetza. From the Zapotec Indian language it means an offering or gift. In cultures based on exchange and trade it can also be considered in terms of an action or service ...

Festivals, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life

Guelaguetza: Now is the time for drinking, now is the time for freeing the feet

Story and photos by Julia Turnbull Guelaguetza is a word of Zapotec origin that embodies the concepts of giving, sharing, and offering. Each summer, the city of Oaxaca hosts a guelaguetza in the stadium on the Cerro del Fortín (the hill overlookin...