Photographer Diego Huerta Is Giving Everyone A Look Into The Tehuana Culture In Oaxaca, Mexico
Tehuana culture is rich in colors, traditions, and vibrantly patterned clothing. Diego Huerta, a photographer, has spent a lot of his time traveling throughout Mexico photographing indigenous people to preserve their history, culture, and customs. His love for Oaxaca was so powerful that he created a documentary celebrating the women.
Photographer Diego Huerta is highlighting the Tehuana woman in a documentary about the Oaxacan people.
The Tehuana traditional clothing is a very identifiable look. Frida Kahlo made the Tehuana style her signature look. The black and white dress with brightly colored flowers embroidered on the dress is something we have all seen.
For Huerta, being a Tehuana woman is like being a goddess.
In the documentary, Huerta calls being a Tehuana woman similar to being a goddess.
“The Tehuana woman is a goddess, a queen,” Huerta says in the documentary.
“Tehuana is all of that,” an elderly woman responds. “It’s a set of feelings and ideas and creativity too. Survival, fight, courage.”
Indigenous communities around the world are often under attack and are a vulnerable population.
Currently, COVID-19 is threatening several indigenous communities around the world with extinction. These communities are not immune to many common western ailments and a disease we have no immunity too could cause untold damage to indigenous communities. For some, it could mean total extinction.
Huerta has been working to tell the stories of these indigenous Mexican communities to immortalize their culture and legacy for years to come.
The photographer’s work has captivated audiences around the world who have never seen or experienced these cultures. His work will no doubt live on to tell the stories of some of the most celebrated First Nations people in Mexico.
You can watch the full trailer for “Tehuana” below.
READ: Diego Huerta Is On A Mission To Photograph Mexico’s Indigenous Populations To Preserve Their Stories
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