By J. Friedlander
In this revised and up-to-date variation, Judith Friedlander locations her extensively acclaimed paintings in ancient context. The publication describes the lives of the population of an indigenous pueblo through the overdue Nineteen Sixties and early Seventies and analyzes the ways in which Indians like them were discriminated opposed to when you consider that early colonial times.
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So I picked up the food and returned to the pueblo to look for my mother who, people said, was at Don Miguel’s house. There, I found her and she was crying, because they told her that they had killed us, that who knows what. I said to her, “But who could have told you that they killed us when nobody saw us? No, here we are. ” “Well, I never left,” she said. ” They put my mother in the house of a certain man by the name of Pedro Escobar. That is where they put everyone they caught, people said. But they did nothing, absolutely nothing, to my mother.
When they are done, Doña Juana puts up the beans for supper, making enough to feed the family for the next day. She also prepares the nixtamal for tomorrow’s tortillas. Leaving Rosa to take care of Quico, Doña Juana then goes off to a nearby stream to do the laundry. There, she joins a few women she knows well and enjoys a rare moment of gossiping with her friends, out of earshot of her commanding husband and mother-in-law. Kneeling down at the edge of the stream, the women scrub their families’ soiled clothing, on rocks placed in the water for that purpose, and lay the clean laundry out to dry on the sloping banks behind them.
A little self-conscious about describing the incident in great detail, she confesses that Maestra Angelina has criticized her for being so interested in gory subjects. But that is the way she is. Some people even say that this capacity of hers to tolerate blood has made her a good healer—for example, the nurses who came to Hueyapan in 1945 to train curanderas like her to give injections and to use other medical techniques preferred by modern doctors. Maestro Rafael reports that soon the family will have running water.
Being Indian in Hueyapan by J. Friedlander