The Language of the Seeds

Directed by Bruce “Pacho” Lane
Researched by Albert Wahrhaftig
(20 minutes)

Every year, the market vendors of Tepoztlán create an amazing arch, made entirely of 85 different varieties of edible seeds, on the gateway to the parish church. Using the pictorial language of their Indian ancestors, each arch comments on the events of the year. These unique arches attract visitors from all over the world, and bring the people of Tepoztlán together as a community.


cornandseeddesignsmBorder serpentine raquelplacesseedsm Placing a seed
musportadasm Close-up: Baptism of El Tepozteco placingseedssm “Cuatequitl” (communal labor)
tepozdefiestasm 2003 Seed Portal: Tepoztlán de Fiesta exconvportadasm Portal on display in the Museo del Ex-Convento


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This film is only available on DVD along with “A Defender of His People.”

ISBN: 978-1-891813-27-6
UPC: 736899902339