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Vista interior, Mercado de Coyoacán, calle Ignacio Allende entre calles Xicoténcatl y Malintzin, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, Ciudad de  México 1956

Arquitectos: Pedro Ramírez Vázquez y Rafael Mijares

Construcción: Félix Candela

Foto. Guillermo Zamora

Interior view, Coyoacan Market, calle Ignacio Allende between Xoicotencatl & Malintzin, Del Carmen, Coyoacan, Mexico City 1965

Dedicated to all the beautiful Chicanas! CON SAFOS!

No te me aguites
Mi Chicanita,
Que no se te olvide quien eres
Eres las pirámides de Teotihuacán,
Donde los dioses nacen.
Llevas la sangre de tus ancestros
La nieta de Coatlicue,
Eres vida, muerte, y renacimiento
Igual que tu abuelita
Tienes el poder
Mujer del maíz,
Eres fuerte!
No dejes que nadie te diga lo contrario,
Aunque seas del barrio
La sangre no se pierde
Sigue corriendo,
Mezclando con el tiempo
Hija de Malintzin,
No creas las mentiras!
Tu madre te quiso
Con amor desinteresado.
La subieron a la cruz
Y pago por los pecados
Eternamente llorando,
Su honor desgraciado
Hasta su nombre cambiaron,
No te avergüences
Ten orgullo!
Reclama tu madre
Mujer mestiza,
No dejes que te hagan menos
Tu llevas por dentro
Toda la fuerza de las mujeres antepasadas
Todo su amor,
sufrimiento y tristeza
Corren en tus venas
Sus esperanzas,
Viven atabes de ti
Tu mi Chicanita,
Sube la cabeza al cielo
Sigue con la lucha!

La Malinche

Main illustration by Intagliogia

La Malinche (also known as Malinalli, Malintzin, or Doña Marina) was a close confidant of the conquistador Hernán Cortés.  Born around 1500 to a Nahua family near the border between Aztec and Mayan lands, La Malinche is believed to have been sold into slavery by her family as a young girl.  In 1519, she was one of 20 female slaves given to Hernán Cortés by the Mayans.  Fluent in both Nahuatl and Chontal Mayan, La Malinche quickly distinguished herself as translator, negotiator, and cultural mediator for the Spanish.  Within a few years, La Malinche bore Hernán’s son and married Juan Jaramillo, a Spanish hidalgo, with whom she had a daughter.  It is unclear what happened to La Malinche after 1526.  Estimates of her year of death range from 1527 to 1551.

La Malinche can be seen as victim of slavery, a traitor to her people, or as a founding mother of Mexico.  A slave sold into bondage by her own family, she may not have felt she owed allegiance to the existing powers of Mesoamerica.  Conversely, she may have been hoping that the Spanish could save the Nahua people from the brutality of the Aztecs.  Her defining characteristic may be her ability to not only survive but also thrive during a dangerous time.