Rich Roots, Life in A Rural Mexican Farming Village

By Charlotte Bell and Donna Meyer

Come with me on a journey. I want to show you another face of Mexico, the human face that few travelers ever see up close or can even truly imagine. I want to lead you, with words and pictures, into the Mexican campo, the rural countryside outside the colonial cities and glittery resorts that define Mexico for so many people. For it is in the campo, with its tiny pueblos and farming villages, that the true heart of Mexico beats, where the roots of the people go deep into the earth and their blood goes back for centuries beyond memory.

Book presentation
Rich Roots
By Charlotte Bell
Thu, Jan 29, 3pm
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
50 pesos to support Las Rancheritas

Over the last 20 years, I’ve been privileged to meet, know, and grow to love many individuals and families in these rural villages. They’ve reminded me of what we all have in common and what is most important in life: family, community, tradition, and they taught me the importance of deep, rich roots to anchor us in place, hold us safe, and make us whole. Let me introduce you to these people and these places, to the hands that work, to the children’s smiles and the colors of vibrant imaginations.

To understand any culture, we must see it from the inside, as much as it’s possible for an outsider to do that. As Mexicans say, “El que no no sabe, es como el que no ve.” The one who does not understand is like one who is blind.” Let my photographs and words open your hearts and minds to the world of our Mexican neighbors so we can all understand each other better. I hope you’ll enjoy the trip.

Charlotte Bell is a freelance photographer who makes her home in Austin, Texas, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has been a self-employed artist since 1973. Serendipity brought her to San Miguel in 1994, and she has been the driving force ever since. Her first book Tears from the Crown of Thorns/Lágrimas de la Corona de Espinas is a bilingual historical book created from her photographs of the extravagant events that occur during Holy Week in San Miguel de Allende. However, Rich Roots is closer to her heart. She felt compelled to tell the untold story of the people who have welcomed her into their families.

Join us for the book opening with slide show on January 29 at 3pm, Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15. Entrance is 50 pesos to support Las Rancheritas. Included will be Las Rancheritas selling their hooked rug art pieces.


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