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MARKET WOMEN COVER

MARKET WOMEN COVER

Book Cover Photo

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OAXACA 1

OAXACA 1

Limited Edition book of Oaxaca Market Women
color photography

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The Place of the Seed

The Place of the Seed


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It's Morning 2

It's Morning 2

It's morning in a Oaxaca village, and an elderly woman awakens to the sounds of other family
members bustling about. The chill in the air is scented with the smoky reassurance that a fire
is already started. On the stove there is hot water for washing, a pot of coffee, and a stack of
fresh tortillas. She leans over a basin of warm water for her quick morning wash, combs and
re-braids her hair, and wraps the traditional rebozo (shawl) over her shoulders. Sitting by the
fire, she watches over children who are outside feeding chickens. She thinks back to when
she was young, and began work before dawn as women in this family have for generations.
She thanks her good fortune that she has family around her, and that her daughter, now deep
into the early morning chores, has taken over the care for this extended-family household.

At 60 years of age, she contributes to the family income by selling small amounts of produce.
As the sun creeps over surrounding hills and light settles into the valley, she walks slowly to
the village market, carrying a small straw basket of garlic and fresh beans bundled in the cloth
she will use to lay out her goods.

Buses loaded with people from outlying villages, roofs piled high with melons and cabbages,
lumber into the market plaza, belching black smoke and raising clouds of dust. The sleepy
village comes alive as vendors set up their puestas (stalls). Brightly dyed tarps that provide
shelter from the sun splash color across pyramids of fruits and vegetables, banks of flowers,
and stacks of pottery, immersing everything in reflected hues. Bleating goats join a volley of
vendors' cries to create a regional improvisation pulsing with life.

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Its Morning

Its Morning

Text Page

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When the Market Opens 2

When the Market Opens 2


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When the market opens

When the market opens


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text page

text page


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A Woman's Place

A Woman's Place


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Older Women text page

Older Women text page


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Older Women

Older Women


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Step into a village market

Step into a village market


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Step into a village market 2

Step into a village market 2


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A Woman in the Market

A Woman in the Market


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A woman in the market

A woman in the market


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Woman at griddle

Woman at griddle


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Woman with baskets

Woman with baskets


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Their lives are hard

Their lives are hard


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Woman with chickens

Woman with chickens


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The dance of buying and selling

The dance of buying and selling

Text page

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El baile de vender 1

El baile de vender 1


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el baile de vender 2

el baile de vender 2


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El baile de vender 3

El baile de vender 3


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Ambulante (Street Vendor)

Ambulante (Street Vendor)


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Ambulante (Street Vendor) 2

Ambulante (Street Vendor) 2


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Woman with chickens

Woman with chickens


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Woman with produce

Woman with produce


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Market Rules and Roles

Market Rules and Roles

Text Page

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Market Roles

Market Roles


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Women with lime used for soaking corn

Women with lime used for soaking corn


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Beans

Beans


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At the core of the market

At the core of the market


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Entering the indoor market

Entering the indoor market


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Indoor Market

Indoor Market

Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

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Meat Vendor

Meat Vendor

Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

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Meat Vendor

Meat Vendor

Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

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Women at lunch

Women at lunch

Indoor market, Oaxaca City

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Family at lunch

Family at lunch

Indoor market, Oaxaca City

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La Cultura

La Cultura

Culture of women in the markets Text page

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Women selling Pottery

Women selling Pottery

Distinctive black pottery from Coyotopec

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Hacer Comida

Hacer Comida

The culture of food in Oaxaca

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Hacer Comida (Preparing A Meal)

Hacer Comida (Preparing A Meal)

The Culture of Food in Oaxaca

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Zapotec World View

Zapotec World View

Text Page

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Women Walking

Women Walking

Two women walking from the market in Zaachila, Oaxaca

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