miércoles, 27 de noviembre de 2013

Seasonal shows in Patzcuaro: “Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Region”

Some days ago, we had the occasion to visit the Museum of Art and Indigenous Industries in Patzcuaro, located just a couple blocks from Hotel Mansión Iturbe.  We wanted to see “Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Region: Food, Religion, and Work.” 


Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Región at the Museum in Patzcuaro
Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Región at the Museum in Patzcuaro

It’s an interesting exposition that shows the history of sweetcorn – a plant of tremendous importance that is a part of our civilization, and a history that goes back nine thousand years.

Exposition at the Museum in Patzcuaro
Exposition at the Museum in Patzcuaro
The show, presented in a very entertaining manner, was a series of graphics, photographs, and objects made with sweetcorn.


The Altar to San Isidro Labrador at the Exposition in Patzcuaro
The Altar to San Isidro Labrador at the Exposition in Pátzcuaro
The history of sweetcorn
The history of sweetcorn

 
We learned that certain soil types are necessary for a successful crop; that there are different varieties of sweetcorn in the region, and perhaps most interesting of all, the wide diversity of dishes that can be prepared using this plant.

Sweetcorn the main element of the prehispanic Purépecha kitchen
Sweetcorn the main element in the prehispanic Purépecha Kitchen

Sweetcorn was the main element of the prehispanic Purépecha kitchen for untold generations.  It was used to become the traditional Michoacan comestibles:  tortillas, pozole, atole, corundas, and uchepos.
Learn more about the importnace of sweetcorn
Learn more about the importnace of sweetcorn
Pasta de caña (stem of the corn), originated by the Purépecha in the region of Lake Pátzcuaro, was used to create the lightest figures and images known to the world.
The importance of sweetcorn during the Candlemass celebration in Mexico
The importance of sweetcorn during the Candlemass celebration in Mexico
 
Candlemass celebration in Mexico at Pátzcuaro Lake Region
Candlemass celebration in Mexico at Pátzcuaro Lake Region
 
In the course of those days, there were also several different workshops to show children the importance of sweetcorn in our culture.

Mexican Folk Art at the Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Región Exposition
Mexican Folk Art at the Sweetcorn in the Purépecha Región Exposition

The Museum staff cordially attended to us during the show.  The show ends December 8.  Don’t miss it!
Exposition in Patzcuaro about the history of sweetcorn
Exposition in Patzcuaro about the history of sweetcorn
 
The importance of corn in the Mexican Cuisine
The importance of corn in the Mexican Cuisine


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