Iguana Medusa – Friday Photo from the Field


On a morning in a Oaxacan market, photographer Graciela Iturbide made one of the most enduring images of Zapotec life”

This photo was taken in 1979, and the lady in it, who became somewhat of a local celebrity as her image was used extensively, has since died.  I have seen many women here carry many things on their head, but have to admit I haven’t seen any ‘iguana ladies’.  Probably when we begin teaching in areas to the south and toward the Isthmus we’ll see them.  To read the complete Smithsonian article by Lynelle George, click here


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