Its been a busy few months at site, so I don’t have a proper blog post for you. This will be a blog post in photo form, with a few clarifying comments for each photo. The first 6 photos are from the Fiesta Patronal (Patron Saints Day) for my community. San Jose, March 19th. The other 8 photos are from Semana Santa (Holy Week). Thats they week leading up to easter, which in many Latin American countries, is actually more important than Easter Sunday itself.
|I included this photo because of the grain plants on the priest's stole. Super appropriate for such an agricultural society.|
|The women of the community cooking lots of food for everyone. They were really flattered that I wanted to photograph them while they worked. Cooking is something they take pride in, but it is not very frequently acknowledged.|
|So much food!|
|Na Oheniea and some of her grand children.|
Now on to Semana Santa... and CHIPA!
|We made the traditional food for Semana Santa: chipa.|
|Look! My name in chipa!|
|This is a tatakua. Basically a brick oven especially for Paraguayan specialties... like chipa.|
|Baking the chipa.|
|On the Thursday of Semana Santa (the biggest meal of the week), I ate dinner with my favorit host family.|
|A modest but delicious spread of bbq chicken, sopa paraguaya (not actually a soup), mandioca (yucca) and soda. After lunch we snacked on... you guessed it: chipa.|