A week (or two) in photos

Folk dance show/competition held at the school in Guajoyo.  Each grade level presented a dance, and the winners were: Kinder 1st place, 2nd grade 2nd place; 8th grade 3rd place!!!

Folk dance show/competition held at the school in Guajoyo. Each grade level presented a dance, and the winners were: Kinder 1st place, 2nd grade 2nd place; 8th grade 3rd place!!!

Chunga and I were the only ladies on the work team of about 15 who made the 1 hour treck up to the spring where water for the communities is filtered and delivered downstream in pipes.  Community members put in hours of work maintaining the system in order to pay the expense of a home water connection.

Chunga and I were the only ladies on the work team of about 15 who made the 1 hour treck up to the spring where water for the communities is filtered and delivered downstream in pipes. Community members put in hours of work maintaining the system in order to pay the expense of a home water connection.

 

Walking bass. Every afternoon in May, the community celebrates Las Flores, thanking Mary, the mother of all, for the earth's bounty.

Walking bass.
Every afternoon in May, the community celebrates Las Flores, thanking Mary, the mother of all, for the earth’s bounty.

 

Carrying the  altar with Mary and the Flowers of May

Carrying the altar with Mary and the Flowers of May

 

At the annual Labor Day March, held every 1st of May in commemoration of the massacre in Chicago, which we in the US don't even celebrate.

At the annual Labor Day March, held every 1st of May in commemoration of the massacre in Chicago, which we in the US don’t even celebrate.

 

At the Labor Day March, thousands upon thousands of people filtered into the central plaza throughout the course of the afternoon, carrying banners and shouting what it is they demand of their nation and their government.

At the Labor Day March, thousands upon thousands of people filtered into the central plaza throughout the course of the afternoon, carrying banners and shouting what it is they demand of their nation and their government.

 

MPR-12 Political Formation School.  Over the course of 6 months in 2 day sessions each month, community members and leaders in a variety of social organizations attend this school to become equipped to be better leaders in their communities and in the country.  Here we are learning about Capitalism and social classes.

MPR-12 Political Formation School. Over the course of 6 months in 2 day sessions each month, community members and leaders in a variety of social organizations attend this school to become equipped to be better leaders in their communities and in the country. Here we are learning about Capitalism and social classes.

 

Quesadillas: a sweet bread made of rice, cheese, whey, and sugar.  The neighbors came running when the smell reached their noses this past Saturday morning

Quesadillas: a sweet bread made of rice, cheese, whey, and sugar. The neighbors came running when the smell reached their noses this past Saturday morning

 

Carrying a load of firewood up the street to the neighbor's house where we borrowed a woodburning oven to make quesadillas.

Carrying a load of firewood up the street to the neighbor’s house where we borrowed a woodburning oven to make quesadillas.

 

Soccer Tournament!  The entire month of May, weekday afternoons at 4 you will find most of the community's youth at the soccer field watching or participating in a "quick soccer" tournament, the final rounds are coming up soon.

Soccer Tournament! The entire month of May, weekday afternoons at 4 you will find most of the community’s youth at the soccer field watching or participating in a “quick soccer” tournament, the final rounds are coming up soon.

 

Teresa, vice-president of the Women's Committee, hands out rolls of chicken wire to women who were selected to receive the material to protect their chickens from disease.

Teresa, vice-president of the Women’s Committee, hands out rolls of chicken wire to women who were selected to receive the material to protect their chickens from disease.

 

Paulina, president of the Women's Committee, makes her point at the Women's Assembly, which was attended by about 70 women.  This committee is in charge of running the community mill, among other projects.

Paulina, president of the Women’s Committee, makes her point at the Women’s Assembly, which was attended by about 70 women. This committee is in charge of running the community mill, among other projects.

Puppies!

Puppies!

 

This weekend was the fourth in a series of 12 theater workshops held for the youth in Guajoyo. The group has collaborated to create their own original work, to be presented to the delegation coming from Austin later this week.

This weekend was the fourth in a series of 12 theater workshops held for the youth in Guajoyo. The group has collaborated to create their own original work, to be presented to the delegation coming from Austin later this week.

 

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