Hombre-Coyote y Maíz

An example of the detailed graphic art that captivates pedestrians on the streets of Oaxaca. Note how a narrative unfolds from left to right: the corn stalk on the window frame leads to the mesmerized coyote-man holding the sacred grain, then, if you’re paying attention, the rooster peeking down from the doorframe comes into sight, and finally leads to the two corn cobs (mazorcas) resting on the bottom right corner of the door.  The scene is probably a homage to the fundamental role that maize plays, to this day, in Mesoamerican cultures and identities. Oaxaca prides itself in its resistance to GMOs and fiercely defends the indigenous variety known as maíz criollo from contamination by GM varieties.