STRANGERS FROM THE SUNRISE
La Malinche, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes’s slave and whore, is the mother of all Mexicans. Some call her history’s greatest traitor.
The young Paynala princess was sold by her mother to the Xicalangos, which then gave her to the Tlaxaltas. Masterminded by the Catholic Church, Cortes took the 14-year-old and 20 other slavegirls as tribute after he massacred the Tlaxalta people.
As she marched with the Spanish Army toward the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, the beautiful slavegirl learned Spanish from Jeronimo Aguilar, a Catholic missionary who had been shipwrecked a decade earlier in Yucatan. On the way to modern day Mexico City, Aguilar baptized the slave.
Already a speaker of nahuatl, the Aztecs’ language, La Malinche became indispensable to Cortes as he presented himself to the indigenous peoples, who believed he was a returning, prophesied Aztec god. As Cortes’s tongue, she helped to engineer the conquest of the Aztec Empire. La Malinche later bore Cortes’s son, Don Martin, the first known blend of the Old World and the New World.
La Malinche, also known as La Chingada (“the raped one”), is woven into the cultural DNA of modern day Mexico. Nobel prizewinner Octavio Paz wrote, “We are all the sons of La Malinche.” Much of Mexico’s famous xenophobia can be laid at her feet. Because of La Malinche’s bloody legacy, Mexican men instinctively believe their women will betray them to the foreign male.
La Malinche’s 21st century implications are enormous, as Mexico strives for modernity and several Latin American democracies teeter on the verge of chaos.
Previously shrouded in the mists of history, the truth of La Malinche’s legend serves as the opening chapter of producer George Laibe’s Discovering the New World. Award-winning screenwriter Reinaldo Garcia, who wrote about La Malinche while living in Mexico, penned the opening chapter of a series that will entertain and illuminate the Americas’ destiny.
Future chapters include: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE and SAINT JUAN DIEGO; CIBOLA & THE SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD; EL CAMINO REAL. Other projected episodes will investigate the expansion of Catholicism in Mexico; the world’s love affair with Mexican cuisine; religious ceremonies, such The Day of the Dead; Mexico’s wars with America, Spain and France; and the Mexican Revolution.All chapters will highlight the spread of Hispanic culture throughout the world.