Tonantzin (2011)

$18.50

Melanie Cervantes
12 x 16
Full color, Digital Print
New Leaf Cover Paper, Ancient Forest Friendly
Printed at Inwkworks Press in Berkeley, 2011

Tonantzin is a representation of mother earth or mother of corn as embodied by indigenous women in the Americas. This portrait is of a Rarámuri (Tarahumara) woman. I include the serpent symbology because prior to a Judeo-Christian tradition which views serpents as evil, indigenous matriarchal worldviews associate serpents with spiritual wisdom, femininity and being grounded. This piece honors the spiritual and ethereal grandmothers who connect me to every relation living and in the spiritual realm.

Huey tonantzin
tonantzin huey tonantzin
Ipalnemohuani toyolo paquih
tlazohcamati tonantzin
Ipalnemohuani toyolo paquih
tlazohcamati tonantzin

Gran madrecita tierra
madrecita tierra gran madrecita tierra
Dador de vida; mi corazón se alegra
gracias Madrecita tierra
Dador de vida mi corazón se alegra
gracias Madrecita tierra