Support indigenous women's self-sufficiency in MX

Odelia with doll she made as part of the bilingual literacy prog
Odelia with doll she made as part of the bilingual literacy prog

When she started the bilingual literacy program, she held her head down and was unable to look up at anyone. She was in her early 20’s and had never been to school because when she went to 1st grade she was mocked and teased because of her facial deformity. Now, two years later, she has completed our course and is now enrolled in the primary school home-study program which will quickly take her through primary school and on to high school. Odelia now holds her head high, smiles, and looks people right in the eye with confidence. She brought her mother to the program and they both are stars.

Photo: Augustina Lopez weaving. By Tom Feher.
Photo: Augustina Lopez weaving. By Tom Feher.

We just opened an extraordinary exhibit of the weavers’ work and lives presently in El Museo de Textil, in Oaxaca city. The most wonderful part of the exhibit was the comfort of the weavers as recognized artisans. They moved with ease among the museum people, guests and each other. Petra gave a talk of welcome in Mixteco, with beautiful grace and smiles. They were in their element and ah, what self-esteem they have! The exhibit will continue until March 2010. Please visit to see videos and photos from the opening of the show.


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Judith Lockhart Radtke

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Chelsea, MA United States

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