Neighbors German Guzmán, 34, (left) and Pedro Ceto, 32, of Vicalama, Nebaj, in Guatemala’s Quiché department harvest and bag their corn to store for their families’ consumption throughout the year. Corn is a main source of carbohydrates for the families of this region.
Juana Victoriano Cruz, 58, and her granddaughter Guadalupe Osorio Maya, 10, sell traditional Mazahua clothing at a stand in Mexico City’s Plaza de Santo Domingo. Cruz, who belongs to the Mazahua indigenous community, was taught at age 12 by her mother how to make the traditional garb. She takes one week to make a blouse and two days to make a skirt.
Members of the Cuerpo de Guardias Presidenciales, an entity of the Mexican army that protects the country’s president and his family, former presidents, secretaries of state and visiting foreign functionaries, swept and cleared billboards from the path leading to the Altar a la Patria, a mausoleum in Mexico City’s Bosque de Chapultepec, or Chapultepec Park, where Andrej Kiska, president of the Slovak Republic, began his visit to Mexico on Nov. 21. Kiska laid a wreath at the mausoleum, also known as Niños Héroes Memorial, which is dedicated to the young cadets who died in the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
Nora Castro, 39, takes photos of a hanging fiber sculpture illuminated with color-changing light, during the fourth Festival Internacional de Luces, the International Festival of Lights, at the Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, a cultural center in Mexico City. This was one of 21 illuminated art pieces exhibited across Mexico City for the Nov. 16-19 festival.
Valentina Brishantina, the artistic name of the founder of the artists’ group Brigada Brillantina, danced on Nov. 18 at a march to the national congress building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during the 26th Marcha del Orgullo LGBTIQ annual pride parade. “We believe glitter is a small material that bothers our enemies, and our friends enjoy it,” Brishantina says.
Ana Sofía Medrano, 6, (left) and Mario Alberto López, 7, dance at a “Domingo de Bailongo,” a downtown Sunday dance event that their families attend regularly. Every Sunday, residents of Quéretaro, the capital of the state of Querétaro, Mexico, enjoy the traditional gathering organized by the local elders.
Mexican singer Jaramar performs in a multimedia show on Nov. 4 at Mexico City’s Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, to mark the release of her sixteenth album, “Sueños”. Jaramar is also a painter, illustrator and sculptor, and her album “El Hilo Invisible” was named Best Classical Music Album at the 2016 Latin Grammy Awards. The album contains Sephardic songs accompanied by the ensemble Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
Susy Shock (right), a transgender artist, recites poems and sings with her band La Bandada de Colibríes during the fourth Asterisco Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTIQ, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer international film festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her poems speak about life and the struggles of trans people.
Gina Saint Fleur, 40, does laundry at the river Diegue at Pèlerin 5, in Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For eight years, Saint Fleur has relied on washing laundry as her main source of income, and her clients are saved the time of doing the chore themselves.
Laura Mundo, 40, and her dog Miquiztli bond during an event in the plaza of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in the center of Mexico City. Miquiztli is a Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo, a hairless dog breed originating from Mexico. To celebrate the Mexico premiere of the Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” nearly 30 members of a Facebook group for Xolo owners gathered to show off their unusual breed. According to Mexican mythology, this breed accompanies their owners on the journey to the underworld, a central theme of “Coco,” which premieres on Nov. 20 in the U.S.
Eduardo Yaxón, 25, works on his agro-ecological farm, called “El Buen Vivir,” or “The Good Life,” in the village of Chaquijyá in Guatemala’s Sololá department, where he uses ecological techniques to conserve native plants and promote biodiversity in the area. One such technique is called alcochado, in which a layer of dried grass covers the soil to reduce evaporation during the dry seasons when this community doesn’t have enough water for Yaxón to irrigate his land.
Jacinto Terraza, 42, tends to about 40 goats at Centro de Producción Caprina del Altiplano, or Ceprocal, a goat production center in Nebaj, a municipality in Guatemala’s Quiché department. The goats’ milk production will contribute to increased food security and better nutrition, especially for children under two in the area.
An estimated 5,000 members of the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, or the Zapatista National Liberation Army, attended an Oct. 19 speech by María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, also known as “Marichuy,” in Oventik, a Zapatista community in Chiapas, Mexico. Marichuy, who has announced her decision to register as an independent candidate for the Mexican presidency, is the current spokeswoman for the Concejo Indígena de Gobierno (CIG), part of the horizontal governing structure proposed by the Zapatista movement.
Irma Mora, 54, (left) and Ernestina Treto, 55, who belong to the collective Zion Art Studio, paint final details on “Maconda,” a 78-inch “alebrije” that they and two other women spent two months crafting at the Fábrica de Artes y Oficios de Oriente, or FARO, a cultural center and arts and crafts school in Mexico City, for the city’s annual alebrijes parade and contest. Alebrijes represent fantastical animals and are usually made of papier-mâché. After local artisan Pedro Linares created them in the 1930s, alebrijes became a traditional craft in Mexico City. Linares made the first figures after falling ill and dreaming about the creatures, who shouted to him, “Alebrijes!”
Rafael Guerrero, 66, (left) delivers the day’s newspapers to a “voceador,” or newspaper vendor, on Artículo 123, a Mexico City street known for the sale of newspapers and magazines. Carriers like him start their workday between 2:30 and 3 in the morning, and Guerrero says he has delivered papers on this street since he was 12.
In Bawits, Tenejapa, a community in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, Lucia Luna Entzin, 5, helps her family weave a mesh screen that will be reinforced with metal bars and lined with cement to become the base of their ferro-cement rainwater tank. Many homes in indigenous communities of the Chiapas Highlands do not have running water, so families have been coming together to build rainwater tanks and avoid walking, sometimes for hours, to access clean water.
Lucia Matom, 27, pulls weeds and clears a ditch in Buenos Aires, a village in the western municipality of San Juan Cotzal, Guatemala. Every two months, Matom and other residents of this mountainous region work together to clear this thoroughfare.
Four days a week for the past 35 years, Salvador Castro Morales, 70, has been selling fish in the Xochimilco delegation of Mexico City. Morales sells fish heads separately, because he says they provide a unique flavor to soups. He is also preparing the fish to be used in cooking tlapique, for which it’s wrapped in a corn husk with nopal cactus and chili. Morales says he learned the recipe from his late wife.
A resident of Simojovel, a municipality in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, walks around the debris of the Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana de México, Congregación Gólgota, a local church that was damaged in the 8.2-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 7. Reynaldo was in the church that night, before the earthquake hit. Hours later a landslide destroyed the church and more than six nearby homes.
Ana Chávez (left), 29, and Francisco Matom (right), 38, help María Brito (center), 35, measure the weight and height of her 1-year-old son, Juan Matom, who is not related to Francisco, in the village of Viucalvitz, in the Nebaj municipality of Guatemala’s Quiché department. This event, held on Aug. 28 by Guatemala's Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social, promoted maternal and child health in the community.
Laura Aquino (left) offers food to a homeless woman during an event organized by Movimiento Barrios de Pie, which works to solve social problems within the capital Buenos Aires. The gathering took place on Oct. 5 in front of the national congress building. The group set up a soup kitchen that also collected signatures in support of an increase in the national budget for nutrition and food policies.
Visitors climb the Great Pyramid at Uxmal, a Mayan archaeological site in Yucatán, a southeastern Mexican state. The Mayas built these temples between 700 and 1000 A.D. in the Puuc architectural style, which is highly ornamented and features sturdy stone and concrete structures covered by a delicately carved stone veneer, often depicting geometrical patterns and the figure of Chac, the Maya rain god.
In the Benito Juárez delegation of Mexico City, a police officer checks the barricade tape around a store damaged during the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck on Sept. 19. The building has been cordoned off because it’s at risk of collapsing.