Photo Walk Nº17 – Fiesta de Culturas Indígenas
We started the new series of photo walks with a visit to the 3rd Fiesta de Culturas Indígenas held in the Zócalo, Mexico City. As expected, it was a very interesting colorful festival with crafts, food, dances and music of many of the different indigenous cultures which exist in Mexico.
The people were happy to let us photograph them and their products, and explained about their cultures. In all, there were 690 different stands so there was plenty to look at and photograph and even buy. Many of these were food stands where the traditional dishes were prepared. Towards the end of our walk, we shared a tlayuda, one of the many types of food on sale.
The special guests at this year’s edition were Ecuador, the Huasteca people from the area around San Luis Potosí and Veracruz, and San Pedro Tlalhuác from the south of Mexico City where the people continue to farm in the ancient Aztec way on chinampas. These are artificially-made islands made by scooping up the fertile mud from the bottom of shallow canals, where vegetables are grown all year round.
All in all, we had a very enjoyable photo walk and came back with hundreds of photos of the indigenous people and their cultures, having also learned a lot.