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The overall design of the mural carries a strong message of solidarity, visibility, and awareness of the roots, culture, gastronomy, and the fight of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico.  Corn is a deeply rooted emblem in the gastronomy of Mexico because it originates from Mesoamerican cultures, therefore, it is still sacred to indigenous communities. The character on the far right of the design represents the Zapatistas as well as all of the indigenous communities struggling and fighting to hold on to their roots and their pre-hispanic cultural identity.  Every small component and detail on the design of the character is relevant: the headwear references what Aztec warriors used in battles; the mask speaks about cultural identity instabilities for indigenous communities; the red bandanna around the neck is a symbol of rebellion, struggle, and uprising;  the body of the character is a snail which is a symbol that Zapatistas use to represent their communities and fight for being a slow process by surely and eventually reaching their objectives.  The background of the design are two different colored circles, the on on the left representing our economically and technologically advanced societies while the one on the right speaks for indigenous communities subsisting under globalized capitalist governments.  The character pulling on the corn entity shows indigenous communities in Mexico fighting to keep their roots and culture against corporations, capitalism, and mass production of transgenic products.  The letters on the flag stand for Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (Zapatista Army of National Liberation), which is the iconic flag Zapatistas use in their communities.  

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