Community initiatives, culture, En Via Staff, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life, Responsible Tourism

Zapotec within Fundación En Vía

By Andrea Barriga. Andrea spent 7 months as En Vía's Communications and Responsible Tourism Intern. During this time, she also worked with the Microfinance Program and the Education Program, getting insight into the whole organization.  In honor of the International Year of Indigenous Languages as declared by the United Nations, we are dedicating a social… Continue reading Zapotec within Fundación En Vía

Artisan Crafts, Education, Entrepreneur profiles, Indigenous Culture, Oaxaca life, weavers, Workshops

Learning from BII DAÜÜ (Sacred Wind) – this Teotitlán-based cooperative teaches us about the art (and science!) of using natural dyes

By: Eda Tajuddin- Responsible Tourism Manager Following our successful crowdfunding campaign over winter 2017, En Vía has been offering specialized courses within our Education Program. That means workshops and classes that are more relevant to the different businesses owned by the women entrepreneurs in En Vía. Earlier this year, we held special courses on “English… Continue reading Learning from BII DAÜÜ (Sacred Wind) – this Teotitlán-based cooperative teaches us about the art (and science!) of using natural dyes

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