On September 16 this year….as we do every year…we here in Mexico celebrated Dia de la Independencia [Independence Day]. It’s kind of like July 4th in the US, but even bigger. And longer. For example, in Sahuayo, where my friends and I spent the holiday, the parades started on September 14th.
On that day, the citizens of Sahuayo [the Sahuayenses] are encouraged to wear clothing representing their ancestry or that of bygone eras in Mexican history. And so they did! While many of the adults would go out later in the evening to clubs and gatherings which rewarded those dressed in the most authentic “costumes,” the kids …. as most all kids are … were ready to dress up early and be seen in the Plaza.
And what a wealth of clothing they wore! Please….enjoy!
[Oh, and I must apologize for the fact that the pictures are not as cleanly cropped or "cleaned up" as much as my previous photos. I have run out of space on my Picasa account and have to use Flickr for these. So far, I have not discovered how to edit in Flickr the way I did in Picasa. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy them. Learning curve....I is on it....or in it, whichever!]
By the way, some of these pictures confuse me a bit, too. For instance, this little girl looks more like a member of some middle eastern harem than an “historic” Mexican.
But perhaps that’s my lack of awareness of Mexican history….or my slanted US view of Mexican history. Or maybe it’s all the makeup.
Others look authentic, except that they are pictured with anachronisms:
I’ve always found men with moustaches attractive….even if they are three years old. While their fathers are generally clean shaven, these young fellows seem to take pride in their facial “hair,” and some of it looks chillingly authentic!
The little guy below, for instance, reminds me of my friend John Dugas who, on his way to Colombia to do fieldwork while working on his PhD at Indiana University, grew a ‘stache’ so he would look more Latino and less Cajun!
On the other hand, some of these kids look so “authentic” that I feel like you could slap them down into the Mexico of one or two hundred years ago and they would fit right in.