A Revolution In One VillageGeri Smith
Leaning heavily on her cane, Carmen de Mesa de Pelayo walks up the cobblestone hill to the home where she has lived since 1915. The 80-year-old, a braid of gray hair stretching to her waist, smiles and nods at the villagers, who greet her with respect--the lady who owns the neighborhood mill that grinds chili peppers for mole sauce, the man who runs the small pharmacy. At the top of the hill, a group of musicians called El Rayo--the Lightning Bolt--plays ranchero music that echoes through the neighborhood of San Miguel. Today is the start of the fiesta for the patron saint, San Miguel the Archangel. "We have a beautiful spot and beautiful traditions, and we want to conserve them," Carmen says, pulling her rebozo around her. "And now the rich people want to come and ruin it."
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