Photograph of a drawing of a Mexican American digging a water ditch, "zanja", near what may be a mission, ca.1840. The man's sleeves and pants are rolled up to his elbows and knees as he uses a shovel to pull dirt from the ankle-deep water in which he stands. He wears a sash at his waist and another around his lightly-colored hair. A cigarette hangs beneath his mustache with a line of smoke streaming to the left. The water ditch winds between two opposing banks which support rows of plants and a saddled horse on the right. The ditch leads to several large structures which stand in front of smooth hills in the background.