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Tzintzuntzan

February 22, 2002

I "lost" a few days but I am now up and out of bed. I had the "shouldn't have eaten that taco from a street vendor" crud. I only took two bites and immediately knew not to eat another bite. Rick took the remainder of the taco and gave it to a street dog...he took one sniff and ran away (the dog, not my husband). At that moment I knew I might be in for some trouble.

Therefore, I am not feeling especially wordy this week but wanted to share a few photos from one of my very favorite villages…Tzintzuntzan… meaning place of the hummingbirds in the Purépecha (Tarascan) language. Try saying it…(pronounced) szeen-SZOON-szahn with the accent on the SZOON…it will make you smile!

Here's a short photo tour…have a great weekend…I've included some links that will deliver much more on this very special village.

Warm regards and hasta pronto-
By Debra Hall
Co-owner
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art
San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
Pátzcuaro, MEXICO
www.zocalofolkart.com

La Iglesia de San Francisco
El Templo de La Soledad
Statue of the beloved "Tata San Francisco Vasco"…Don Vasco de Quiroga.
Restoration of the wooden barrel ceiling of the Templo de La Soldedad.
The olive trees planted in 1538 by Tata Vasco.
The famous straw market where thousands of hand-woven
Christmas ornaments can be found for sale daily.

Que Linda!
A view from above the village of Tzintzuntzan taken from the vantage point of the
pyramids. Barely visable is the Isla de Janitzeo (the dark shadow against the mountains)
on Lago de Pátzcuaro.

Have a great weekend!
By Debra Hall
Co-owner
ZOCALO Fine Folk Art
San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO
Pátzcuaro, MEXICO
www.zocalofolkart.com

Want to know more about the village of Tzintzuntzan? Try these websites…

http://www.tourbymexico.com/michoa/tzin/tzinfram.htm More amazing photos.

http://www.ourmexico.com/features/tzintzuntzan9910.htm Excellent historic information.

http://www.santafe.edu/tarasco/ & http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Anthro/foster/newfos1.html
A fascinating study…One of the focus families in this 40 year project is Familia Consuelo Rendon…famed ceramics artisan in the brown and white, low-fire tradition.

http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/vermic.html About Don Vasco de Quiroga who did so much to found and promote the artisan culture in and around Patzcuaro and Tzintzuntzan.