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Land of the Black Snails

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Sandinista rally in Juigalpa, Nicaragua
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Forty-two years after the inception of Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution, poet René Sing Brooks...

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Juigalpa, the capital of Nicaragua’s Chontales province, is a relatively large city in the country’s heartland. "Juigalpa" means “Land of the Black Snails” in the language of the original Chontales people and is home to around 70,000 inhabitants.

With an economy driven by cattle ranching and agriculture, Chontales’ cities and villages are time capsules under siege by a hesitant modernity. Everyday life is peppered with day laborers, street vendors, traces of material poverty, an emerging middle class, and the persistent political campaigning by the Sandinista ruling party.

This photo essay illustrates the contrast between intense political campaigning—one-sided toward the Sandinista ruling party—and the background quotidian flow of work life in the small towns of Nicaragua. 

Julita’s Convenience Store Juigalpa
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

Julita’s Convenience Store in Juigalpa

a Sandinista mural dedicated to Nicaraguan woman
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

A Sandinista mural dedicated to Nicaraguan women

Fisherman stands in boat
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

A fisherman in Puerto Diaz, Juigalpa, Nicaragua

Rally walks through town
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"I see you": Pre-dawn Sandinista rally in Juigalpa, Nicaragua

A horse tied to a pole in town
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"The duel": Palo Solo neighborhood

Sandinista rally attendees
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"We are here to stay": A pre-dawn Sandinista rally.

laborer with two horses in the street
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

An early morning laborer in the Palo Solo neighborhood

The caravan at the Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

A caravan at the Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration

Palo Solo neighborhood
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"Into town": Palo Solo neighborhood

Women masked at Sandinista parade
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"The Comandante will prevail": Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration

A dog crosses the path
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

Main Street in Villa Sandino

Women at Sandinista Revolution
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

"The gaze": Sandinista revolution anniversary celebration

Two women rest
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

A resting moment in Puerto Diaz

A group of band members line up in town
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

Rally musicians at the Sandinista Revolution anniversary celebration

Man rides a horse
Image by René Sing Brooks. Nicaragua, 2021.

Greetings on the road to Puerto Diaz

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