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geri

Aug 29, 2015, 1:24 PM

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The sacred purple snail

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Seventy-year-old Margarita Teofila, head of the Women's Txinda cooperative in Pinotepa de Don Luis and her husband, Avendo Habacuc, 74, are giving demonstrations in weaving, spinning and gourd carving in the New York Botanical Gardens from now, August 29 through Sept. 8, 2015. This is part of the ongoing Frida Kahlo show in the Gardens and is a Big Deal for anyone, but especially for this group of Mixtecos, who had never been on an airplane. Their first flight ever was to New York City !!! Accompanied by Patrice Perille, long time resident of Puerto Escondido, the group is attracting much attention and interest and even made news in the New York Times, I think.

Collecting the juice of the Purpura mollusk for use in fabric dyeing is a centuries old-tradition that may soon fade due to unethical poaching of this sacred snail. Habaduc, one of only 19 licensed snailers, travels to Huatulco National Park to painstakingly squeeze the juice from the snails. It's where the snails are protected, but where, also, illegal poaching continues. The snailers of Pinotepa de Don Luis return the snails to their habitat and do not disturb them again until the next full moon.



chicois8

Aug 29, 2015, 2:45 PM

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So on the next full moon do they go back and squeeze all the snails juices out of them, wonder if it hurts? "Save the Snail" ............LOL
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California


citlali

Aug 29, 2015, 5:02 PM

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The snail is endangered and there is a petition circulating right now to protect the snail. The purpura along with the cochinilla are a large part of some of the indigenous from the coast and from the valley of Oaxaca. They are an importan resource and part of an ancient culture nothing to laugh about.


chicois8

Aug 29, 2015, 7:08 PM

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Chill, I guess I couldn't take a joke married to Bubba, suerte..
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California
 
 
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