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  • Surprise and a little shame mixed and mingled inside me last Monday when I went to visit the Fiesta of San Antonio here in San Cristóbal, a part of town just a little off the center - and realized that in nearly 38 years living here I had never ever been at the small plaza at the feet of the Cerro de San Cristóbal. There are nearly no old houses left and traditions have been vanishing and fast. A new group wants to reverse that now and remember traditions and revive identity. Women sold recipes of sweet milk with Pox ( a Schapps indigenous people brew, really strong stuff). And we were showered with that and really: it tasted a bit like eggnogg and made us hold through the sun. Tradition was to elaborate beautiful kites out of Chinese paper and so we did and actually I learnt for the first time in my life how to make a kite. Later we went up to the Cerrito to fly the kites and I could SEE them and they were absolutely beautiful and many flew - with their long papertails behind them - as if they were Emplumed serpents!

    They had hung my story about the last tree along the plaza, but I did not see one person throw an eye on that. My story about a life with disability was hung so high, nobody could really see the images, less read the text. Kikimundo donated the prizes for the 4 beat - flying kites and people were happy to receive them, but who knows if they will ever read even the short stories. I remember how in jungle communities I found books in the outhouses: they served you know what!

    What I liked most was - besides the kites - was how they painted the many steps up the Cerrito in many different colors! Doesn´t it seem to be the road to a kind of Kikimundo???

    They have asked me to create an image that represents San Antonio and which they can paint on the walls and I am trying to get inspired. The center of the piece, I already know, will be these stairs!

    Photography by Kiki
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