Women’s Alliance meeting February 11

The speaker for our February potluck meeting on Monday, February 11 is Devik Wyman, proprietor of Mango Tree Artisans, a fair trade store in Sudbury.  Devik is a frequent traveler to Central and South America and will talk about “Textiles and Tortillas.”  She will share photos, textiles, and stories from many trips to Guatemala in the last eighteen years.

The rhythm of life for Mayan women has been based on weaving and making tortillas for many centuries, perhaps ever since Ixchel, the goddess of the moon, first taught women how to weave. Indigenous women in the highlands of Guatemala still weave and make tortillas as they care for their families. But now, empowered by greater income and increased confidence, women in fair trade cooperatives are buying nutritious food, accessing medical care, and educating themselves and their children.

This should be a fascinating presentation. Our potluck starts at 6:30 in the Commons with program to follow. Anyone who identifies as a woman and is connected in any way to First Parish (or a friend of someone who is) is welcome to attend! Bring anything to eat or drink that you’ve purchased or made yourself, or if you’re really pressed for time, just come!  There is always plenty of food/beverages. Newcomers and guests are welcome. (And if you can’t make it to the potluck but want to hear the program, that’s fine too, come by 7.)