Posted in Celebrations, Culture, Food, Travel & Tourism, tagged Abigail Mendoza, Maria Luisa Mendoza, mayordomía, Mexico, Oaxaca, photographs, photos, popular travel destinations, stewardship, Teotitlán del Valle, Virgen de Guadalupe on February 13, 2017|
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From the outdoor kitchens of Fidel Cruz and María Luisa Mendoza of Casa Cruz and Bulmaro Perez Mendoza, a three-day feast came forth to celebrate the mayordomía (stewardship) of La Virgen de Guadalupe in Teotitlán del Valle.
The roles are set in the stones of the metates…
But, it’s the hands of generations of women…
who continue to shape traditions and nourish bodies and souls.
With apron strings tied, the women of Teotitlán del Valle, from celebrated cocinera Abigail Mendoza…
to her sister, María Luisa Mendoza…
to the abuelas…
and their hijas, nueras, nietas, and sobrinas.
It takes a village of women to make feast.
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Posted in Celebrations, Culture, Food, Travel & Tourism, tagged baskets, canastas, dishes, food, mayordomía, Mexico, Oaxaca, photographs, photos, Teotitlán del Valle, Virgen de Guadalupe on January 25, 2017|
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Blogger buddy Chris and I were filled with wonder and gratitude to be invited to the home of Fidel Cruz and María Luisa Mendoza, primero (first) mayordomías (sponsors/stewards), for a 3-day fiesta honoring the Virgen de Guadalupe. There were orchestrated rituals of seating, music, and dance; a bounty of some of the best cocina Zapoteca food one could ever hope to eat; hundreds of people from small children to great grandparents; and the most amazing warm, welcoming, and communal spirit.
El atole de espuma
Higadito waiting to be served
Poultry hanging around, awaiting their turn
Canastas (baskets) used to bring food, dishes, and serving pieces
Chile spiced oranges and cucumber to cleanse the palate
Never ending piles of dishes waiting to be washed by a myriad of women’s hands
It was an amazing couple of days! And these still lifes only begin to tell the story. I promise more, but in the meantime, check out Oaxaca-The Year After.
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