As soon as she set foot in this village, Marcela Taboada (1958, Puebla) knew that she had entered the heart of Mexico. The series Women of Clay deals with the constructive common effort to replace ramshackle dwellings with actual houses in San Miguel Amatitlán. The women of this small indigenous village in the southern state of Oaxaca, where the soil is dry, hard and bare, are left by themselves: their men try to earn a few dollars picking fruit in the USA. The young men that still live in the village are mostly alcoholics. But the women have Mother Earth living under their fingernails.