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  • For many people "Día de plaza" (Town Square Day) is the most important day of the week, it is the day people from the farther communities from the Mixtec Highlands sell or trade their products in the nearest town. Wednesday: Nundaco, Saturday:Tlaxiaco, Sunday: Yolomecatl and Tlacotepec.

    At 7 a.m. trucks start aligning around the main square. Some of them contain sheep or pigs, some others hats or piled bags of carbon. Vendors take the streets and set out tables for selling food, the specialty at the Día de Plaza is "barbacoa" and "masita." Men and women in the streets carry their "tenates"—hand-made baskets—that contain tomatoes, avocados, onions, chiles, radish, garlic, tortillas, seeds, beans, potatoes, flowers, artisan bread, artisan cheese or eggs, a colorful combination of foods that they call "creole" —organically farmed. They barter for firewood, animal fur, belts, shoes or alcohol. Some of the elder women don't speak Spanish, and keep the colonial tradition of not looking in the eyes of non-indigenous buyers as a sign of respect.

    This day of the week is not only an ancient economical tradition, it also maintains the cohesion of a society that has avoided global supermarket chains like Wal-Mart.
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