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

Teotitlan del Valle

Danza de la Pluma: Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland The fragrance of fresh flowers intermingles with the aroma of handmade tamales as preparations for the annual Danza de la Pluma (Dance of the Feather) come together in the pueblo of Teotitlán del Valle. I grip my arms, looking back and waving to the group of little girls who I… Continue reading Danza de la Pluma: Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca

San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya

In focus: San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland Legs settled into a wooden pew, I lean my head back to gaze over an abundant garden of blooms. Hues of tangerine and indigo dance above me, along with a relic of German history that meditates in silence – a storied history hidden inside intricately painted pipes. It’s 10am… Continue reading In focus: San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya

San Miguel Del Valle

In focus: San Miguel del Valle

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland  Rolling mountain terrain presides over tan fields of parched grass as we wind our way east from Oaxaca de Juárez, past Santa María del Tule, Tlacolula de Matamoros, and eventually pulling to a stop in San Miguel del Valle. This community sits under the watchful eye of La Mujer… Continue reading In focus: San Miguel del Valle

Teotitlan del Valle

In focus: Teotitlán del Valle

Words and photographs by Ehren Seeland A rhythmic combination of tubas and drums drift from the roof of Preciosa Sangre de Cristo – practice for the upcoming Semana Santa celebrations. This church sits in the heart of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community located at the foot of the Sierra Juarez mountains in the central valley… Continue reading In focus: Teotitlán del Valle