by Cecilia Richard
I walk hills of Córdoba finding cactus everywhere. In this land cactus
grows naturally integrated into the natural cycle, they are native flora. Some
of them are called Opuntia.
Cactaceaes or cactus, vegetation resulting from successive mutations to survive the lack of water in arid regions, are native from Americas, as well as opuntias are more specifically from Mexican territory. Millennia of natural migrations on the continent among birds, insects and wind have made opuntias a native species in the region where I grew up and live in Argentina.
Cactaceae refers to those natural processes, ancient and often imperceptible construction of identities and movements in our American continent.
Córdoba, Argentina, 2010.