The Colonel’s House, in La Oliva, will be hosting the exhibition, «Mujeres de tierra y sal» up to March 9th, organized by the Government of the Canary Islands.
The protagonist of this exhibition is the «majorera» working woman of the beginning of the XX century, who has worked in the land, ploughing and farming, lace knitting, weaving baskets…
A tour on a part of Fuerteventura history through notice boards, photographic reproductions, pictures loaned by individuals and institutions, and 5 videos starred by 5 women who worked at that time; they are still alive and tell us their stories.
It’s illustrated with pieces of craft-work such as a loom, a sewing machine, baskets, threshing machines, mats, hats, cylinder mills, as well as the traditional feminine clothing of the time and other items worthy of admiration.
«Salt and Land Women» is a recreation of the collective memory of the women in the island and an excuse to let us learn what they knew.
It’s an exhibition that transfers the experiences of life that the women of Fuerteventura shared, working the land from dawn till dusk, harvesting the grain, working on the shores to get seafood, salt and bait, preparing the fish, the cheese or the knitted lace to sell. Women who used to pick up cochineal, «orchilla» and tomatoes, women who went on board of a boat to remote places… while they took care of their families, the community. They were body and soul healers through herbs and infusions, water, prayers, several healing remedies and rituals. They were women who brought life to the world and said good-bye to dead people, always accompanying them.
«Salt and Land Women», an exhibition by the cultural association «Raíz del Pueblo» in La Oliva, collaborating with the Town Hall in La Oliva, Puerto del Rosario and the Island Council of Fuerteventura.