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Peasants of Tlahuac, from "Mexican People" portfolio

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Peasants of Tlahuac, from "Mexican People" portfolio

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

Arturo Garcia Bustos, Mexican, b. 1926
Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexican, b. 1937

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

"Since the last decades of the colonial period in Mexican history, in the southern part of what is now the Federal District, there have existed the floating islands on which are raised the vegetables that feed Mexico City. In this region are found the villages of Tlahuac, Xochimilco, Mixquic and Tezompa. Their inhabitants are small land-owners and their lives are bound, as were the lives of their pre-Hispanic forefathers, to these “chinampas” or floating gardens which dot the canals that are always filled with crystal clear water from the springs at the foot of the Ajusco mountain range. These islands and small lagoons held an important position in the agrarian fight of Mexico. Even today, when some rancher or simple farmer speaks of “those days,” he respectfully bares his head when the name of the leader of these struggles, Don Emiliano Zapata, is mentioned."

"Seguramente, ya desde las últimas décadas de la colonia, en al sur de lo que es hoy el Distrito Federal, ha estado el vivero de las legúmbras para la ciudad de México. En esta región se encuentran Tlahuac, Xochimilco, Mixquic, Tezompa. La totalidad de las habitantes de estos pablados son pequeños propietarios de la tierra y su vida esta ligada, como la estuvo la de nuestros abuelos prehispánicos, a la chinampas y a los canales que todavía se mantenien del agua cristalina de los manantiales que brotan a los pies de la serranía del ajusco. Estas tierras y pequeños lagos fueron importante sitio de operaciones de la lucha agraria de México, y a veces cuando algun ranchero o simple campesino hable de “aquellos tiempos,” al pronunciar el nombre del lider de estas luchas, Don Emiliano Zapata, se descubre respetuosamente."
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : 16x20 : 4.1.80

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