La Nigüenta

Relationship: Child of im/migrant

 Around 20 to 30 years ago, this paint was found in every home in the Dominican Republic. No one know exactly when and how this paint arrived at the country, but it became a symbol of unity. After a little research I found out the paint was originated from Costa Rica, and named “La Nigüenta”. I don’t really know the meaning in Spanish, but it was utilized to attract good luck to the households.  I guess that was the reason why Dominican people wanted to have one at their homes. Every time I see this paint I can’t stop thinking of my childhood and our lives before migrating to the United States. I’m the youngest of five children, and I remember my father and mother working hard in whatever they could to sustain us. Despite of the economic issues, we were a happy family and we always had a hot plate in our table. Despite of the fact that our parents spend most of their time at work; they always encourage us to maintain a good relationship and support each other. Everything changed when we arrived at the United States.  Everyone took different paths and we hardly see each other. We only get together in special occasions. I miss those days when our family was one, and we could count on each other. This paint represents those days in which we were a happy family.

Place(s): Dominican Republic, New York
Year: 1989

– Ydelka

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant