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Cocina Campesina
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Cocina Campesina
Don Chepe y Doña Lupe
In 1982, I spent the summer touring Central America with a group of students from Whitworth College. On one leg of the journey, each of us spent a month in a separate Honduran village. My stay was in Namasigue, an impoverished settlement ravaged by recent flooding. The idea was for us to learn from the Hondurans about their way of life and to work along side them in some way. 
 
I was struck by the Namasiguans' strength and ingenuity, and humbled by their generosity.
 
Earlier in the trip I had lost my camera, so sketching was the way to record what I saw. I drew this scene and years later rendered a woodcut version.
 
This scene is of the kitchen, where beans, rice, tortillas and an occasional egg were served. I recall how Doña Guadalupe would rearrange the wood in the stove with flames enveloping her leathered hands. In the late afternoon, Don Chepe would lay in the hammock after a strenuous day in the fields.