Archive for the ‘Indigenous Culture’ Category

Huautla de Jiménez: in the footsteps of María Sabina and John Lennon

A couple of weeks ago, after a pleasant overnight stop in Tehuacán in the state of Puebla, I set off for Huautla de Jiménez, a small town high in the Mazatec sierra in the Northern corner of the state of Oaxaca, close to the border with the state of Puebla.

Huautla is famous – or notorious – for being the place where María Sabina lived, worked and died. Continue reading

Good Friday in Tzintzuntzan


On Good Friday, I had the good fortune and privilige to be able to experience the traditions that the pueblo of Tzintzuntzan have carried out for centuries to mark Viernes Santo (Good Friday).

My friend Norma had invited me to accompany her and her two children to spend the week of Semana Santa in Tzintzunztan. Continue reading

Circle of Identities


Last weekend, I went with a friend to visit her cousin and other members of her family who live in Uruapan, a very typical Mexican city in Michoacan, about 260kms east of where I live. Uruapan is usually known as the principal region in Mexico where avocados are grown and exported, though it achieved notoriety in September 2006, when armed men burst into a night club in the town, and rolled five severed heads on to the dance floor. This was the first major incident of beheadings which has subsequently become more common in the wars between the different drug cartels.

My friend’s cousin, Salvador, and his wife, Aline, run a delightful, small (only four guest rooms) bed and breakfast in the heart of the city, called the Casa Chikita.


Salvador is an artist. Continue reading