María Dolores Rueda Zárate

Traditional chef from Santiago Huauclilla, Oaxaca, Mexico

By Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Don't miss the warmth of Doña Maria preparing the yoko tamales in the short film below.

Instrumentos (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Tools

The different tools used by Doña María are arranged in her kitchen.

Luz y humo. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Light and smoke

The walls of Doña María's kitchen are completely smoked, evidence of the work she does in it.

Masa y totomoxtle. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Masa dough and totomoxtle

The masa dough, for yoko tamales, is spread over totomoxtle leaves.

Masa dough and totomoxtle

The pieces of raw meat are placed in the middle, so that they are cooked together with the masa dough, releasing their juice and seasoning the masa dough.

Colocando los tamales. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Positioning the tamales

Doña María gently places the tamales in the pot to be steamed.

Orgullosa. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Proud

Doña María looks proudly at the tamales she has just prepared.

Aromas. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Aromas

The aroma that invaded the kitchen when the tamales were uncovered made everyone there start drooling.

Tamales de yoko. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

Yoko tamales

Yoko tamales are large in size.

La salsa. (2020) by Jesús CansecoSecretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca

The salsa

It is essential to accompany the yoko tamales with a good salsa.

La salsa., Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Entre la milpa., Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Doña María, Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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El micrófono., Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Un gato., Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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Luz y humo., Jesús Canseco, 2020, From the collection of: Secretaría de las Culturas y Artes de Oaxaca
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A clear sky was the setting in which the process of making the yoko tamales was recorded.

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