Between the Leopard and the Jaguar (2015, Red)

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Melanie Cervantes (artist/printer)
11 x 15
9-color screen print, Lennox Archival paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2015

Between the Leopard and the Jaguar is a piece juxtaposing old and new representations of Xicana culture, using Mexica patterns representing the game Patolli (outlawed by the Spanish priests during the invasion of the continent) and a representation of a jaguar cuauhxicalli (a sacred vessel that acted as a birth channel for sacred forces like the sun) with the portrait of Jenny, a contemporary Mexica danzante and youth organizer. The portrait of Jenny was taken at a mobilization against a corporate bank who is profiting from warehousing people indigenous to this continent who are relegated as outside of or in violation of U.S. law. I attempt to draw a connection over the course of 900+ years with a thread of cultural and spiritual practices that have survived in spite of colonial invasion and oppression. This is a lineage of multitudes that are continually regenerated through dance, prayers, game play, symbols and stories.representations of Xicana culture, using Mexica patterns representing the game Patolli (outlawed by the Spanish priests during the invasion of the continent) and a representation of a jaguar cuauhxicalli (a sacred vessel that acted as a birth channel for sacred forces like the sun) with the portrait of Jenny, a contemporary Mexica danzante and youth organizer. The portrait of Jenny was taken at a mobilization against a corporate bank who is profiting from warehousing people indigenous to this continent who are relegated as outside of or in violation of U.S. law. I attempt to draw a connection over the course of 900+ years with a thread of cultural and spiritual practices that have survived in spite of colonial invasion and oppression. This is a lineage of multitudes that are continually regenerated through dance, prayers, game play, symbols and stories.