Indulgencies: traditional recipes and cultural resistance

February 21, 2012 at

Indigenous Migrants present book and documentary about traditional recipes at the binational level

Los Angeles, California.- Members of the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (CBDIO) and the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (FIOB), in an effort to rescue and preserve traditional indigenous Oaxacan recipes, present simultaneously in Los Angeles and Mexico City a recipe book and a documentary, which includes eight stories of indigenous women, their lives as migrants and their struggle to rescue the traditions in the Oaxacan food, on March 8, International Women’s Day.

“El Sabor de Nuestra Raíces” is the tittle of the indigenous Oaxacan recipe book, which brings together traditional recipes to prepare dishes, drinks, and desserts using basic Mesoamerican ingredients: corn, chili, beans, and cacao, among others.

The book describes the steps to cook 12 recipes (prepared by ten women and a man, all members of the FIOB, residents of Los Angeles, California). These recipes include Zondgr-molotes, Ponzontle- traditional drinks, Tejate, Chilacayota drink (Niz Yitguexh), Chocolate Atole (Bisiahab Bichihín), Atole Maiz; Frijoles with Pata de Conejo and Lashuá (Hierba Santa); Belatobe Salsa- maguey worm, Cua’ Zgr- beans with maiz, Amarillo de Verduras, and Nicuatole- a maiz based dessert.

Thanks to the production of CBDIO in co-production with FIOB and Worldpoststudios, a group of women participants of Indigenous Women in Leadership- Mujeres Indígenas en Liderazgo (MIEL) a CBDIO project, made possible the documentary, “Alma de Maíz”

The documentary reflect on the lives of the indigenous women in urban Los Angeles, where although they are exposed to the cultural diversity and are offered a variety of unhealthy fast food options, migrants fight to maintain their food as a way to reaffirm their indigenous identity, thus forming a way of cultural resistance.

What: El Sabor de Nuestra Raíces, Recipe book presentation & “Alma de Maíz” Documentary Premier

How: Simultaneous presentation in Mexico City and Los Angeles.

When: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Los Angeles: Rotonda City Hall: 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 21217. 5: 00 to 8:00 PM
Mexico City: Museo de Culturas Populares in Coyoacán. 18:00 hours

For more information call (213) 359-0264 or for press call (213) 251 8481
FIOB documentary

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