sample Oaxaca trunk
ethnography: MEXICAN FLAG
The Mexican flag is deeply symbolic of Mexico’s history and identity. The eagle with a serpent in its mouth perched on a nopal (prickly pear) cactus was the symbol the Aztec people had been told by their gods to search for. Upon finding it, deep into Lake Texcoco, they were to build their capital city, Tenochtitlan. Today’s Tenochtitlan is Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world. On the flag, the green is for the fertility of the land. The white for the purity of the human soul. The red is for the blood that has been shed in defending Mexico.