Dancer dressed as a jaguar or tecuani during the Mixtec carnival celebration in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The word Tecuani or Tecuane, is of Nahuatl origin and means ï¬era, jaguar, wolf or lion. "In Mixtec mythology there has been a battle between Tecuán and man since pre-Hispanic times, a struggle that is recreated today in the Tecuan dance that stages the persecution, hunt, and death of the Jaguar -Tecuan or tecuani- where the community participates. We brought this dance from our town, our grandparents did teach it to us,â€ says Demetrio, an indigenous Mixtec migrant from Puebla.
Brooklyn, New York, 2019.