Leona Vicario (1789-1842)

Art by Tiny Tarakeet (tumblr)

A wealthy and connected young woman, Leona served as an organizer in Mexico’s independence movement.  She collected intelligence, conveyed messages, and provided financial support to the rebels.  Jailed twice by the royalists, Leona refused to give up the cause.  She and her husband Andrés Quintana Roo spent years on the run and Leona gave birth to their first child in a cave.

Eventually, the rebels succeeded in creating an independent Mexico.  Lenora and Andrés became leading figures of the new country.

Leona’s profile appears on a version of the $5 Mexican coin with the words “Bicentario de la Independencia” (“Bicentennial Anniversary of Independence”).

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Instameet Mexico 2014.

This past 14th and 15th I had the pleasure of meeting some of the most talented Mexican Instagrammers. With over 80 people attending, I’d say it was a huge success! Thank you, instagram, for making all these connections possible. If it weren’t for this amazing app, these people would possibly have never met.

Here’s to showing the world what an amazing and talented the Mexican Instagram community is.

Cheers!!!

A.

Friendly reminder
  • The Book of Life was made by a mexican person, stop with the “this is racist” “not latino enough” “too 'spanish'"commentaries. 
  • This movie is NOT offensive for us in any way.
  • We actually fucking love the art, it’s freaking gorgeous
  • This movie it’s released in Halloween but it doesn’t mean they’re mistaking it with Día de Muertos.
  • Almost every mexican has a relative called “Maria” because it’s very common here. If they wanted to name the girl as Maria they have all the right to do it.
  • If you want to cosplay as “La Muerte”, you can do it, just have in mind that you’re agreeing with respecting this holiday and our culture as it is. YOU CAN, JUST GIVE IT THE RESPECT IT DESERVES. IT’S NOT LIKE HALLOWEEN, WE ACTUALLY RESPECT VERY MUCH OUR TRADITIONS.
  • This movie is a way to show the rest of the world our culture and we’re not getting offended about everything.

-With love, a mexican who’s very excited for the movie.

Deer Head Mask

Veracruz, AD 600-900 (Late Classic)

Earthenware, Post-fire paint

Fanciful headdresses were an essential component of performance costumes because they were crucial to the dancers’ perceived transformation into the personage or spirit being in whose guise they performed. In Veracruz, figurines depicting warriors and a wide variety of performers often wear full-head masks, which can be removed to reveal the person inside, such as the amazingly detailed head-mask of a deer. Post-fire paint adorns the animal, with black-line curvilinear motifs on his long ear and bright blue-green pigment embellishing his upper lip. Large protuberances on his snout and the single horn atop his head suggest a composite zoomorph rather than a biologically accurate rendering. The deer was an important Mesoamerican food source, and its hide was used for a variety of purposes including the wrapping of ritual bundles and as leaves (pages) for screen-fold manuscripts which contained all manner of knowledge-from history to religious mythology to astrology and astronomy. The deer also was the animal spirit form of the mother of the seminal Mexican deity Quetzalcóatl and of the wife of the maize god among the Classic Maya.

http://art.thewalters.org/detail/80157


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