and quiet radical feminists are lovely too - we can’t all be confident extroverts.
brown and proud
Bambino con un largo cappello, 1927-28
by Tina Modotti, Photographer
Pilar Montoya de Alcalá, the curandera of Santiago de los Montes, became a respected if somwhat feared voice in her town as well as the greater wixen community when she revealed herself to be a nahual, as they call animagi, in order to defeat a Cucuy. The Cucuy, while commonly used as a tale to frighten children, is in fact a very real if uncommon savage shapeshifting beast that feeds on human flesh. They are extremely dangerous and difficult to kill, and especially enjoy devouring young children. Doña Pilar became a hero to the town of Santiago de los Montes when she transformed into a hawk and clawed out the eyes of the Cucuy before tearing out its heart, saving the life of a seven-year-old girl that would have been it’s third victim in the town. While in part greatly feared for her power, Doña Pilar protected Santiago de los Montes often by reputation alone against dark forces for her entire life.
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