Fighting women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec – Mexico

The closest I came to witnessing the physical strength of the Isthmus women was a brawl at a local cantina (bar) on our first visit to Tehuantepec. Katerina had left early because it seemed to be too much of man’s world in the bar. The moment she walks out the door, however, this big woman … Continue reading Fighting women of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec – Mexico

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Rise of matriarchy in Southern Mexico

It turns out the Isthmus Zapotec women, also known as Tehuanas, have a lot to thank for the Spanish administrators, a fancy railway and Frida Kahlo… Between posting our adventures in the Isthmus Zapotec culture, I thought I should give you the details of how these women rose to fame in the first place. In … Continue reading Rise of matriarchy in Southern Mexico