Sabores de Mi Patria

"Milpa" by Veronica Perez (c) 2021 "Milpa" by Veronica Perez (c) 2021

Wasatch Community Gardens, en colaboración con Artes de México en Utah, está organizando una serie de talleres que aprenderemos sobre el valor cultural de la Milpa y de "Las Tres Hermanas" (que son los sistemas tradiconales de cultivo de maíz, frijoles, y calabaza) como legado símbolo de identidad indígena.

Mayo

 

El Maíz, nuestra raíz

¿Conoces el rico, cultural e histórico significado del maíz? Esta presentación comparte la perspectiva, las experiencias, el arte y las tradiciones relacionadas con el maíz para las comunidades indígenas. Descubre por qué los mayas creen que nacemos del maíz y ver cómo damos vida a esta creencia a través de la plantación de milpa en nuestra propia comunidad.

Julio

¡Somos lo que comemos!

Presentación en video de practicas de sustentabilidad de lo antiguo a lo moderno. Se creara una tabla para describir todos los elementos de la milpa de cada cultura. Habrá una bandera para que los participantes compartan sus memorias de lo que milpa significa para ellos.

Haga clic aquí para ver una grabación de este taller, presentada a través de Facebook Live.

Octubre

Celebración de Cosecha

Celebrar el final de la temporada con comida, música y buena compañía.

Wasatch Community Gardens, in collaboration with Artes de México en Utah, is hosting a series of workshops that will increase participants' understanding and appreciation of the cultural legacy of Milpa and The Three Sisters (which are both traditional systems of growing corn, beans, and squash) as symbols of indigenous identity.

May

May 19

El Maíz, nuestra raíz / We are all born from Corn

Do you know about the rich, cultural and historical significance of corn? This presentation shares the perspective, experiences, art and the traditions related to corn for indigenous communities. Learn why the Maya believe we are born from corn.

July

July 21st

¡Somos lo que comemos: La Milpa / We are what we eat: La Milpa

Artes de México en Utah will share valuable cultural knowledge about the La Milpa and the Three Sisters through the analysis of the cosmological system of understanding the social relations with nature through the significance that corn and her “sisters” has for the indigenous people.

Click here to view a recording of this workshop, presented via Facebook Live.

October

October 13

Celebración de Cosecha / Food, Land, Power

We will examine the indigenous perspective of land and identity as well as contemporary efforts to indigenize agriculture and strengthen our relationship to nature, food and art in social justice movements in regards to land & identity.


Thank you to local artist Veronica Perez for offering her time and talents to create this year's Sabores de Mi Patria artwork. Veronica's work may be viewed on social media (@artistveronicaperez) or on her website (artistveronicaperez.com). Veronica provided background for her artwork:

"At the center is the maíz. It is growing from a yollotl with a corn kernel inside. In nahuatl yollotl means heart, but it can also mean the seed of something, and maíz is the 'heart' of the milpa. Surrounding the corn is a crown of squash blossoms to show the protection that it provides for the maíz. The bottom corn leaves are an homage to the story of Quetzalcoatl and how he transformed into an ant to find maíz to feed the humans. You can spot two ants nearby as well.

Surrounding the corn are some Scarlet Runner Beans, which are native to Mexico & the Americas. It’s also known as frijol ayocote from nahuatl ayecohtli or frijol botíl. It has beautiful purple beans and red flowers. The beans’ vines are connected to the corn’s leaves to show their symbiotic relationship. 

The vines reach up to the sky to form crescent moon phases. There, they meet with the other moon phases represented by varying forms of squash, Calabaza de Castilla, also native to Mexico & the Americas. I include the moon as a symbol of the ancestral knowledge passed on to us about the seasons, when to harvest, and when to honor the earth and crops.

I also included a bee and a ladybug to remind us of the important role that beneficial insects play in the milpa. Overall, the piece’s circular nature is symbolic of the interconnectedness of the three sisters, as well as the earth and sky."