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PORTRAIT OF SANTA MARIA TEPEJI

INDIAN MEXICO: TINY YELLOW STRAW-THATCHED JACALES, ROUND as mushrooms, cluster against the dry gray-green tapestry of the undulating sierras; a narrow pathway, traced by generations of naked footsteps, connects the pueblito with an icy spring that surges forth from subterranean darkness to form a murky pool, half hidden by the serpent-roots of the giant ahuehuetes; here a bronzed, muscular woman, with her dark cotton skirt tucked above her brown knees, washes clothes against the flat stones that encase the pool; two hungry dogs of skeleton thinness, with tails that droop listlessly behind, snap at the insects that alight upon the wet braided basket; from beneath the vaulted, shimmering archway of banana leaves, a tropic sun falls upon the earth, parching it to crispness; toward sunset, minute, sandy grains are set free by the twilight breeze, sweeping inland from beyond the now dusky sierras, and a golden mist is formed that lends tangibility and substance to the silent air.

Indian Mexico is ageless; the centuries have left upon it

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  • 1 - Passage to Mexico 1
  • 2 - Age-Old Markets And Modern Schools 28
  • 3 - Cardenas Campaigns For President 58
  • 4 - Labor's Challenge 80
  • 5 - Portrait of Santa Maria Tepeji 109
  • 6 - A Laguna: an Experiment In Collective Farming 125
  • 7 - Freedom for Mexican Women 148
  • 8 - Anarchy in Art 170
  • 9 - Oil -- Mexico's Magnet 198
  • 10 - 'Marxists' Versus Fascists 226
  • II - Presidential Parade: 1940 Version 256
  • 12 - Six Years in Mexico: A Summary 279
  • Index 307
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