A Mexican Photographer Explores the Enduring Bonds of Her Indigenous Culture

The photographer Citlali Fabián documented the culture that persists and sustains in her hometown Yalálag, Mexico, and beyond, through its residents and its diaspora.

Among the indigenous people from Yalálag in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, these ties bind them to one another, no matter where they may have migrated in search of opportunity. Citlali Fabián’s parents hailed from there, moved to Mexico City, and returned to Oaxaca City, which is 90 grueling kilometers away from Yalálag. But no matter where Ms. Fabián lived, her heritage kept her — and others — close to the cradle of her people, who descended from the Zapotecs.

A Mexican Photographer Explores the Enduring Bonds of Her Indigenous Culture

The photographer Citlali Fabián documented the culture that persists and sustains in her hometown Yalálag, Mexico, and beyond, through its residents and its diaspora.

Among the indigenous people from Yalálag in Mexico’s Oaxaca state, these ties bind them to one another, no matter where they may have migrated in search of opportunity. Citlali Fabián’s parents hailed from there, moved to Mexico City, and returned to Oaxaca City, which is 90 grueling kilometers away from Yalálag. But no matter where Ms. Fabián lived, her heritage kept her — and others — close to the cradle of her people, who descended from the Zapotecs.

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