Edgar Ali Morán Alonso, right, and the other members of Zompantli, an ethno-electronica music and performance group, play their song “Chollolan” at the Archeological Zone of Tepalcayotl¬, in the Mexican state of Puebla. Zompantli collaborates with local artisans, who use ancestral knowledge to help design the band’s instruments.
Mario Ruíz Pérez, a licensed nurse, takes Martha Figueroa Mier’s blood pressure in the observation area following her vaccination at the Parque de Feria in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Health care workers are administering the Sinovac vaccine to the elderly first, through a federal program called Operativo Correcaminos (Operation Roadrunner).
Rosalba Moreno takes pictures of her son’s dog, Dobby, during Schoener Club, a canine training session in downtown Mexico City. “It’s been difficult for him to learn to obey; he gets really distracted,” says Moreno, who has brought Dobby to five training sessions.
María Elena Jiménez Tevera harvests cuchunuc flowers in front of her restaurant, Doña Mary, in Copoya, Chiapas, Mexico. Cuchunuc, an edible flower that blooms in the springtime, is used in dishes like quesadillas, pizza and baked tamales.
María Catalina Nevaréz Cruz weaves a ware, a traditional Rarámuri basket made from the sotol plant, at her home in San Luis de Majimachi, a village in Chihuahua, Mexico. Only 35 people live in the village, all of whom are artisans. Every two weeks, they barter their handicrafts for food at the village’s trade center.
Vanesa Cristina González Beltrán cuts paper eyes for piñatas at Piñatas y Dulces Arcoiris, a piñata and candy store in the city of Chihuahua, Chihuahua state, Mexico. González, 19, began piñateria – making piñatas – when she was 16 years old.
Armando Severiano Chavarría uses bioconstruction techniques to build a home kitchen in Mexico’s Nayarit state. Severiano incorporated bioconstruction into his process seven years ago, after he learned how the construction industry was environmentally invasive and harmful to people’s health.
Rosa María Guerrero and her 7-month-old cat Rosita wait their turn at a free sterilization clinic at Felipe Ángeles Park in Mexico City. The local government started the sterilization campaign to cut down on the number of stray dogs and cats. “Rosita and her siblings were abandoned in the street,” Guerrero says, “and my son rescued them.”
Edgardo Pacheco, left, and Jesús Vásquez weave a palapa, a common roof structure on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Typical palapas are crafted with wood and palm leaves, usually from a variety called royal palms.
Rutila Osorio Rodríguez carefully assembles bouquets of sunflowers that she grew in Santa María Colotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. “People from the community are buying them from us,” Osorio says. “Even people who are in the United States are sending us orders to be delivered to their relatives who are here.”
Gerardo Alejo makes two doves appear during his magic act at a traffic light in Mexico City, Mexico. Alejo, who has been a magician for 10 years, started to perform here to raise extra money for his university education. After COVID-19 began, this work became his dominant source of income.
From left, Porfirio Santis Gómez, 6, Claudia Santis Santis, 12, Angel Santis Gómez, 12, and Maria Santis Santis, 9, inspect one of the succulent plants they have been caring for at their homes in Tlaxcala, a neighborhood in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico. The children learned to grow succulents so they can sell the plants for 15 Mexican pesos (73 cents) each.
Mariano Hernández Jiménez gathers the red fruit from his coffee plants in Aldama, a town in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state. This is the first time he has tried to harvest his coffee plants since armed attacks between the municipalities of Aldama and Chenalhó intensified in 2018.
The dinosaur statues outside the Rehilete Interactive Museum encourage children to use face masks during the pandemic. The museum, located in Pachuca, a city in Mexico’s Hidalgo state, is closed due to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
Itay Refaely, who is from Israel, and Van Dien, from Vietnam, enjoy the sunrise in Punta Cometa, a popular tourist spot in Mazunte, Oaxaca, Mexico. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, visitors from all over the world continue to come to this community ecological reserve situated on Mexico’s outermost point in the Pacific Ocean to replenish their energy and enjoy the scenery.
José Antonio García works on a clay model at his family’s workshop in San Antonino Castillo Velasco, Oaxaca, Mexico. García developed glaucoma 18 years ago, which caused him to go blind. He asked his wife, Reina Mendoza Sánchez, to help him continue his work. Now, García shapes the pieces, and Mendoza adds the details.
Tamara Rivas uses a process called randa to make a Tlacolula garment at her home in Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. There are only a few craftspeople left who practice the difficult randa process. Local women wear these traditional garments to an annual community celebration, and they’re often passed down from mother to daughter.
Martha Cuevas performs traditional songs with mariachi group Mariachi Alma Ranchera during a Sunday concert in the central courtyard of Casa de la Cultura José Ángel Palou Pérez, in the city of Puebla, Mexico. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, members of the group had to remain a safe distance apart from one another.
Carlo Magno sculpts with clay collected from a nearby hill in San Bartolo Coyotepec, a town in Oaxaca, Mexico. After molding, the clay goes through a special firing process that gives local ceramics a distinctive black color.
Axel Cervantes, 11, prepares his favorite meal – sausages with potatoes, tomatoes and chipotle peppers – at his home in Puebla, Mexico. Axel learned to cook during the pandemic, when his mother had to take an afternoon shift at her job. “I used to be scared to light the stove, and I didn’t know how to use the blender,” he says. “Now I know how to make the meals I like, and I think they turn out really well.”
Dentists Jesús Godínez, left, and Mónica García inspect the teeth of Mateo Gómez, 7, at Kids Dental, a dentist’s office in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. Mateo’s mother brought him in because of intense pain in one of his molars. Mateo was nervous about the visit, so the dentists put on a movie and tried to make him feel comfortable.
Oscar Espinoza tends to products at his antique shop, El Precio del Tiempo, one of the few antique stores in Tecámac, in the state of Mexico. “This sells really well in Coyoacán, San Ángel, La Roma (Mexico City), but it’s difficult here, especially right now,” Espinoza says. “People prefer to spend their money on food and health, not on things like this.”
Ramón Torres makes shoes at his shop in downtown Guadalajara. Torres, 75, has worked in shoemaking since he was 8 years old. He has noticed that local shoe quality has declined over the years with the introduction of synthetic materials – although, he notes, prices have remained about the same.