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By Luis Urrea

Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire deals a compelling and unheard of examine what existence is like for these refugees residing at the Mexican part of the border—a international that's just some twenty miles from San Diego, yet that few have visible. Urrea offers us a compassionate and candid account of his paintings as a member and "official translator" of a staff of aid employees that supplied reduction to the various refugees hidden simply at the back of the flashy vacationer spots of Tijuana. His account of the fight of those humans to outlive amid abject poverty, unsanitary residing stipulations, and the felony and political chaos that reign within the Mexican borderlands explains for sure the explanation such a lot of are pressured to make the harmful and unlawful trip "across the wire" into the United States.

More than simply an disclose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a those that have discovered to outlive opposed to the main very unlikely odds, and returns to those forgotten humans their delight and their id.

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Hearth: The floor of a fire or oven. gnarled: Twisted and deformed. A rain stick. 32 Chapter Five: Farming & Food MAKING TORTILLAS IS HARD WORK! The Maya did not use forks or spoons like we do. They used tortillas! Rolled up, the tortillas worked like spoons for sauces and beans. It took a lot of tortillas to feed everyone in the family this way—and a lot of effort to turn dried corn into flat tortillas. Every night, women set dried corn kernels to soak in a pot of water and lime to soften them.

3 Sharpen each end of the dowel into a point. You can do this with your knife, but the easiest way is to use an electric pencil sharpener! 4 Sit on the floor with your legs crossed like the ancient Maya, and prepare to spin your first cotton thread! You can stand the whorl in a small bowl to help keep it in place when you spin it like a top. Moisten the pointed top of your spindle whirl with your tongue. Hold your spindle whorl in your right hand 6 When you’ve managed to spin about 10 inches of thin thread, wind the thread around the shaft of the whorl just above the wheel.

He Maya believed in ending unhappy marriages. A marriage was considered over when a couple decided to separate. If either person wanted to remarry after the divorce, they simply chose a new partner. For a second marriage, they skipped the matchmaker and wedding ceremony. Kings often had more than one wife, but common people could only have one spouse at a time. MAYA UNIVERSE The Maya believed the universe was divided into three layers. The upper layer contained the stars and was the home of the sky kings.

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