Guadalupe is an amazing mother and home cook who works the overnight shift at a poultry processing plant here in North Carolina. I’m sharing her story and other migrant worker stories on Latino/a Studies @ Duke’s ARROB@ blog this month. I’m very lucky to share this space with amazing artists and scholars, whose work I’ve learned a lot from. Click here to read.
A bit about the photo. On my second time visiting Guadalupe and her family (with my friend Pete Eversoll), Guadalupe showed me how to make the delicious Guatemalan peanut mole she made for us the last time we visited. She also tried to convince me to wear one of her traditional Guatemalan dresses, though I am considerably larger than her. She changed her clothes to show me the handmade fabrics so delicately woven together in her home village. And she requested that Pete, a professional photographer, take a portrait of her and her two sons in front of the garden. The photo you see is one I snapped candidly on my phone. It was a beautiful Sunday in July.