Published by University of New Mexico Press
Love and friendship, art and craft, language and culture are the subjects of this look back at one woman’s experiences in Mexico over a period of twenty years.What first propels Linda Grant Niemann south are the migrants she encounters in her job as a railroad brakeman in the Southwest. She decides to learn Spanish, and in Mexico she soon meets some surprising kindred spirits. An admirer of craft and expertise, Niemann seeks out individual artists who make exquisite things—Otomi papermakers, the families who produce the famous ceramics of Mata Ortiz, the man in Michoacán who knows how to fashion full-size jaguar thrones in bent cane.Some of her searches lead her to tiny villages and to artists who seldom get to meet their own fans. Niemann wonders if she is experiencing an ordinary shopaholic’s obsession or if this is something more. The something more reveals itself as the connection of one artist to another.
Subjects: MemoirLatin America
IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter One. A Tale of Two MexicosChapter Two. Where I’m FromChapter Three. Copper CanyonChapter Four. Learning SpanishChapter Five. A Time of DesperationChapter Six. The Magic MountainChapter Seven. The Spirit of the TomatoChapter Eight. The Day of the DeadChapter Nine. Hermanas, SistersChapter Ten. Real de CatorceChapter Eleven. Cave of the OllaChapter Twelve. The Strength of the Maya WomanChapter Thirteen. FarewellChapter Fourteen. The Fun Train to ChiapasChapter Fifteen. Travels with BettyChapter Sixteen. An Ear and a TailChapter Seventeen. ShoppingChapter Eighteen. DanzónChapter Nineteen. TesmoleChapter Twenty. Sabor, FlavorChapter Twenty-one. El Pedimento de AmialtepecChapter Twenty-two. Land of the SunChapter Twenty-three. Welcome Home, Son of PakalGlossary of Spanish Words and Phrases