Napí (in Spanish)

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At home in Oaxaca, Napí says she is poor, but that is belied by the richness of her land, her culture, and her community.

 

 

At home on the bank of a river in Oaxaca, Napí loves to dream. She says she is poor, but that is belied by the richness of her land, her culture, and the community of which she is a valued part. In the shade of a pachota (ceiba) tree “that is so big, it protects our whole village,” Napí sits with her family; her naa (mother) braids her hair and her grandfather tells the old stories. In Napí’s world everything is alive, everything has volition and beauty; the afternoons dress themselves in greens, oranges and violets, and at night,  “the trees on the riverbank slowly bloom with herons.” With her umbilical cord buried in the roots of her beloved pachota, this Mazateca child is tied to the land in a very real way, and when she sleeps, the pachota brings her dreams of becoming a heron, flying along the river. Domi’s gorgeous acrylic paintings, on a rich palette of jewel-like tones, complement this quiet little story of an Indian child secure and at home in the loving arms of her family and her world.

Also available from Oyate in in English version.

 

 

Author: Antonio Ramírez

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Domi (Mazateca)

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2004

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Mazateca