Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cartoon 8.2: Limonar, Chiapas

The folks here bathe and wash clothes in the river and this was my first time ever doing so. I was a mess. It always looks so easy and romantic in the movies! Knees are very sexual here so the women bathe topless with long skirts. I didnt have anything like that so I used swim trunks and a tank top.  I felt super awkward balanced on the rock bed of the stream trying not to kill my delicate city feet. Feeling awkward is becoming a bit of a habit for me.  I feel like a fish out of water in most of the situations that I'm in.  And in Limonar the people are super curious cuz most don't have the resources to travel.  It seems that their eyes to the outside world are the television and maybe folks that have gone to work in other places and returned.  They were very thankful that we came saying that not much comes through their community. So everytime I looked up there were at least five or six people watching me in my awkwardness haha.  Oh yeh and I almost lost my shampoo and then my conditioner to the current in the river but a kind young man with quick reflexes went running down the stream after them for me. :)


  1. I love how what's sexy is socially constructed. I'm going to try to appreciate and take better care of my knees from now on!

  2. This is a bit delayed, but your framing and delicate handling of the animals in the woods fit right in with your deft story telling. Do guys knees hold the same allure there or what about guys makes them appealing?