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LAURA A LOVELAND
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HUICHOLS OF MEXICO/ PART ONE: HISTORY AND CULTURE
The Huichol (pronounced wē-ˈchōl in english) of Mexico are an indigenous tribe of people with a unique and fascinating culture. Who the Huichol are, where they came from, and why their culture is so special will be highlighted with some of the facts I perso...

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HUICHOLS OF MEXICO PART TWO: SHAMANISM AND ART
A vibrant and impressive 4 x 6' yarn painting created by Huichol artist Martin Benitez has been donated to Vallarta Botanical Gardens by the family of Isabel Jordan. Thank you for sharing! The  Huichol  (pronounced wē-ˈchōl in English) of Mexico are an indi...

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A LITTLE LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE DONKEYS (BURROS) OF MEXICO
One of the most endearing things when we lived in Baja California, San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca City, and Puerto Vallarta was the company of the local burros (known as donkeys north of the Mexican border). This post is all about burros and everything you h...

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HAPPY THIRD BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG BABY!
Can it really be the third birthday of my Blog?  I am feeling pretty stunned, but also very happy. What started out as an adventure at the suggestion of my husband has actually taken on a life of it's own.  The words I wrote on my blog's first birthday in 2...

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FRIDA KAHLO: THE WOMAN AND HER ART
A bigger-than-life mural of Frida Kahlo as seen at Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Here Frida and Fulang are portrayed in the Madonnari Chalk Festival in Puerto Vallarta where she is certainly looking a lot like  Salma Hayek who portrayed her in...

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THE GRANDEUR OF THE MAYAN RUINS OF TIKAL, GUATEMALA
Welcome to Mexico and Beyond: Laura’s Photo Journey. As many of you might already know and some of you will soon find out, I simply ADORE pre-Colombian Mayan archaeological ruins! My husband and I have lived full time in Latin America for over twenty years....

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WHAT'S CINCO DE MAYO IN MEXICO ALL ABOUT?
The fifth of May (cinco de Mayo) commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, but...

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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS: A FASCINATING PLACE
The colorful Cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas can't be missed.   Please note:  This is an updated version of the original posting dated October 8, 2014. I am fascinated with the Spanish colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the Mexican state...

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A FASCINATION WITH PELICANS
I am enamored with pelicans. This is not the first fascination I have developed in recent years, but it is certainly unexpected and a delightful one. Very few birds attract attention like pelicans do. They soar high in the sky in flocks forming a near perfe...

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THE HUIPILS OF GUATEMALA AND MEXICO
                         Frida Kahlo and her iconic huipil style in 1938 Image from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of Mexican Art. Photo: Nickolas Muray Living a "nomadic" life in Latin America for almost sixteen years provided an endless variety...
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