This is the four generational family that we stayed with. On
the left is our host, Domatilla. On her right, Jennie, age 10, her grandaughter
who stays with her and goes to school in the community. Next is the Jennie's
sister, age 8. Seated is Domatilla's mother. She speaks only a little Spanish
and uses her indigenous Indian language (Mixtec) which is also spoken by Domatilla
and her daughter, but not the grandchildren. Anna, the children's mother is
holding her son, who is about 15 months old. Anna has come during school vacation
to visit. She lives with the two youngest children and her husband in Mexico
City where they earn their living.
The family is in the kitchen, which is a separate building from
their main house. The walls are branches spaced out which lets smoke escape.
There is a wood stove with a flat
top in one corner. In another is a grinder where corn, mixed with water, is
ground. The ground corn is rolled into a ball, and then there is another implement
which flattens it into a tortilla.. This is cooked directly on top of the stove.
When it is done Domatilla or Anna deftly snatch it off and place it in a basket
on the table.
This is lower down the hill than the main house. On this level
are the pigs, a building where grain is stored, a building with extra beds
where we slept, a building for showers (the water is heated outside over a
wood fire), and the outhouse seen here. Our hostess explained to us that the
outhouse is kept clean, without a smell by tossing a scoop of ashes down it
after use. Besides the chickens and the pigs, there are animals shared in common
by the group of farmers in this little community, including oxen and two mules.
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