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Scenes of Life: Migrants at Play, Home and in the Fields

New America Media, Photo feature, text and photos by David Bacon Posted: May 02, 2009

Editor's Note: May Day honors the contributions of workers around the world, including migrants who cross borders in the name of livelihood. Photojournalist David Bacon captures scenes from the lives of Oaxacan migrants in Hollister, Calif. dancing, living and working in the fields.

HOLLISTER, Calif. -- Triquis are one of the many indigenous groups of southern Mexico, and many people have migrated from their hometowns to California to work in the fields as farm workers.

Indigenous Triqui musiciansIndigenous Triqui musicians Benito and Feliciano Lopez Martinez
play traditional music on the violin and tambor (drum)
from their communities in Oaxaca.

Indigenous Triqui womenIndigenous Triqui women dance at a celebration.

Rufina Perez and her baby Silvana MartinezRufina Perez and her baby Silvana Martinez sit in the kitchen.

Triqui migrant farm workersAnay Ramirez runs outside the home of the family of Marcelino and Francisca Ramirez,
Triqui migrant farm workers in a trailer in the fields outside Hollister.

Porfirio Martinez and other Triqui indigenous migrantPorfirio Martinez and other Triqui indigenous migrant farm
thin radish plants in a field near San Juan Bautista.



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