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Grinding Sugar Cane, from "Mexican People" portfolio

c. 1946
20th Century
17 1/2 x 15 in. (44.5 x 38.1 cm)

Alberto Beltrán, Mexican, (1923–2002)
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America, Mexico
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Accession Number: 13-G-3549F
See comment for 13-G-3549A

"The farmers of the northern sierra of the state of Puebla construct for themselves a primitive sugar-grinding machine they call a “trapiche”. To make a “trapiche” only wood is used—there is not even one inch of metal. This primitive machine originated, to the best of our knowledge, during the colonial era. In the process of refining sugar, beginning with cutting the cane, the entire family works. Frequently, during the cutting, families help each other. The low income possibilities of this crop, during the feudal-colonial era and even today has caused the farmers to produce no more than necessary for their own needs. For this reason these native farmers still use the antiquated sugar mill shown in the lithograph."

"Los campisinos nahuatl de la sierra norte del estado de Puebla, contruyen por si mismos la máquina llmada Trapiche, que sirve para moler la caña de azucar. En la construcción de este tipo de trapiche se emplea exclusivamente madera y ni una sola pulgada metal. Esta rudimentaria máquina según se sabe proviene de la época colonial. En el proceso de elaboración del azucar comenzado por el corte de la caña, trabaja toda la familia, pero frecuemente, en la época del corte de la caña, las familias se ayudan unas a las otras. El cerco de desprecio feudal-colonialista que ha existido y existe frente a estos campesinos, ha originado, entre otras muchas cosas, su resistencia a producir más de lo que sus propias necesidades de consumo requieren, influyendo en gran parte, esta actituden el persistente empleo del tipo de trapiche que se ve en la litografía."
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 16x20 : 4.1.80

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