Tobacco

A Dying Mexican Cigar Culture

A Dying Mexican Cigar Culture

Tucked away in the SierraMadreMountains of Central Mexico, 7 hours by bus to the nearest large city, a community belonging to the indigenous Wixárika (pronounced Weeks-Are-eeka) people are struggling for survival. The Wixárika people are some of the oldest and proudest groups in all of Mexico and are fully prepared to die rather than leave their communities and culture behind.
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The Slow & Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 2

The Slow & Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf: Part 2

In Part 2 of "The Slow and Graceful Death of the Tobacco Leaf" theVasquez Cigar Factory is now producing cigars under the name The American Tobacco Company. Author Mark McGinty also introduces the readers to Sanburn, "A nice kid in his late 30's with a drop of Spanish blood in his veins" who is more concerned with modernization and the company's bottom line than the well-being of the workers. Vasquez and Sanburn don't see eye-to-eye on running the business, but they tolerate each other in an effort to keep the factory running smoothly.
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