Named after a white-flowering tree, which was in turn the namesake of the Zapotec city of Monte Alban (“White Mountain”) that overlooks the city, Oaxaca is a city of a quarter-million people in southern Mexico. The state is on the Pacific, but a mountain range stands between the city of Oaxaca, at 4500 feet itself, and the sea. The region is known for its mole sauces, its cheese, its grasshoppers and its mezcal, as well as pottery, woven textiles, and alebrijes (colorful wooden sculptures). The historic district, characterized by stone architecture, cobbled streets, and an abundance of majestic cathedrals, is a haven for artists. In December 2007, ASU students participated in a residency in Oaxaca.