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Día de Muertos Event Schedule

Nov. 2 – Monday Events are Happening Now!

Oct. 28

Xantologia 101 – Pre-Columbian Día de Muertos Traditions by Meztli Cultural
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Día de Muertos is a pre-Columbian cultural celebration older than Mexico itself. Join Amber Martinez of Meztli Cultural on a journey that highlights some of the oldest customs of this tradition during festivities better known as Xantolo. From elaborate Ofrendas to masked dancers, learn how this sacred time of year in Mexico’s Huasteca region influenced the practices still observed today, and how communities throughout the region have sought to preserve their rituals and ceremonies that represent thousands of years of history.

Día De Muertos – Homenaje A Chavela Vargas / Homage To Chavela Vargas: A Music Performance By Yuri Rodriguez
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Latin American artist and educator Yuri Rodriguez presents a virtual homage to the Great Mexican singer Chavela Vargas (1961-2012). The performance will be carried in an intimate setting where Yuri will sing the best known songs of the Mexican legendary singer, and will also talk about the unique character of Chavela’s performances, the hurt she carried with her for many years, and how she was re-discovered at the end of her life, getting a second chance at life and an opportunity for emotional healing.

Oct. 29

“POSADA: The Godfather of Latin American Printmaking” with artist Carlos Barberena

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José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was a Mexican Printmaker and illustrator known for his satirical and socio-political prints and cartoons. His more critical work shows us the social injustices and inequality during the Porfiriato (1876-1911) but also he illustrated with mastery the spirit and everyday life of the Mexican People. One of his well-known satirical prints is “La Calavera Garbancera or La Catrina”, a print that has become an icon during the celebration of el Día de Muertos / Day of the Dead.

In this presentation Barberena will be talking about Posada’s legacy and how his social-political work has influenced artists in Mexico and Latin American artists until this day.

Join Claudia Montes Salinas for a reading of the children’s book, Día de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
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Join Claudia Montes Salinas from the Indianapolis Public Library as she reads Día de Los Muertos by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros. Día de los Muertos blends Spanish words as readers learn the importance and significance Día de Los Muertos. Learn about the services the Indianapolis Public Library has to offer to our Indianapolis community.

Compositoras E Intérpretes Mexicanas En La Época De Oro: A music performance by Roselián
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This concert is inspired by songs from the Golden Age of Mexican music, especially the bolero genre that were composed by Mexican women as well as other pieces that although they were composed by men, were made famous by great female performers.

Este concierto está inspirado en canciones de la Época de Oro de la música mexicana. , en especial del género bolero que fueron compuestas por mujeres mexicanas así como otras piezas que aunque fueron compuestas por hombres, fueron hechas famosas por grandes intérpretes femeninas.

Oct. 30

Photo credit Sara Hann
Todo Conectado: National Museum of Mexican Art presents Juan Chawuk – A Performance Art Piece on Femicide
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Chawuk’s installation deals with the terrible rate of femicide in Mexico. Femicide, or “feminicido” in Spanish, is the murder of a woman because of her gender. 3,835 women were murdered in Mexico in 1999, one of the world’s highest totals.

The Intersection Between Art Activism and the Border Landscape: a Zoom conversation with artist Janette Terrazas

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Mexican artist Janette Terrazas Islas a.k.a. Mustang Jane will discuss her approach to the intersection between art, activism and the struggle for the rights of women and the environment from the border context. The purpose is to create a dialogue with the Indianapolis community to get closer to understanding gender-based violence, human/environmental exploitation perpetuated by a structure of economic domination as neoliberalism, and its consequences on the border of Ciudad Juarez Mexico.

The intention is to address how the politics of death have functioned as an instrument of domination-extermination-dispossession especially of the most vulnerable groups, women and the environment.

Oct. 31

The Importance Of The Calaveras De Azúcar (Sugar Skulls) On The Día De Muertos (Day Of The Dead) Celebration With Graciela Caro

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Sugar skull artist Graciela Caro creates traditional authentic handmade sugar skulls like the ones found in the markets of Mexico City. Each sugar skull represents a loved one on the altar of the Day of the Dead Celebration. Join Graciela and learn more about this delicious tradition.

In this conversation, artist Graciela Caro will talk about: the significance of the sugar skulls on the Day of the Dead celebration, how sugar skulls are made, ways to use sugar skulls in your altar (ofrenda), how to decorate sugar skulls and the meaning behind the decorations.

Be part of this virtual event and learn more about the authentic sugar skull!

Día de Muertos: A Blooming Tradition in the United States by Meztli Cultural
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An annual tradition seeded thousands of years ago in the heart of Mexico, Día de Muertos thrives as one of the country’s most significant cultural events. Over the last thirty years, it has also blossomed into a popular holiday celebrated throughout the United States. Join Amber Martinez of Meztli Cultural in an exploration of how this tradition evolved into a festivity across the states as a result of a cultural reawakening by Mexican-Americans seeking to reconnect with their ethnic heritage. From traditional observances and symbolism to contemporary galas, Día de Muertos has developed into an inclusive holiday that continues to spread beyond cultural boundaries.

Nov. 1

Corridos y Bailes de la Revolución con Grupo Folclórico Macehuani
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English Version
One of the oldest traditions in Mexico is the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration which dates back to the pre-Hispanic era. Throughout time, Mexicans have turned this tradition into a unique way to celebrate their beloved ones, family members, and respective public figures, by honoring them and remembering their lives before death.

On this occasion, it is an honor to remember the heroes of the Mexican Revolution, whose impact has been kept alive through corridos or ballads such as, La Carabina 30-30, La Adelita, La Cucaracha, La Marieta, and many more. These corridos powerfully represent and show the nostalgia that the citizens of Mexico had while they defended our country with nobility to bring justice when it was needed.

There are several stories to be told about the characters of the Mexican Revolution which will be reflected in the movements of the dancers. The choreographies and sequences of each song will demonstrate each character, their patriotism, bravery, and enthusiasm that characterized them.

Spanish Version
Una de las tradiciones y costumbres más antiguas en México, es la celebración del Día de Muertos, misma que data de la época prehispánica. A través del tiempo los mexicanos han hecho de esta tradición una fiesta peculiar y una forma de ver la muerte diferente, recordando a sus familiares, seres queridos, personajes importantes de la vida pública, rindiéndoles un homenaje póstumo muy particular.

En esta ocasión, la remembranza será en honor de los héroes anónimos de la Revolución Mexicana, mismos que se encuentran vivos en los corridos creados en su memoria, La Carabina 30-30, La Adelita, La Cucaracha, La Marieta, entre otros, son muchos de los que se interpretan con gran orgullo y añoranza, contando de manera muy elocuente la forma en que los habitantes de nuestro país defendieron una causa noble, justa y necesaria, pero también, la forma de ser de las participantes de esta revuelta, en sus vidas personales dentro y fuera del campo de batalla.

Estas historias y sus personajes se verán reflejados en los movimientos coordinados de los bailarines y sus coreografías muy bien ejecutadas, además de mostrarnos el carácter, patriotismo, gallardía, y alegría que los caracterizaban.

Photo credit Jose Calvo
Día de Muertos Music Celebration con A Flor de Piel
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Join us on Sunday Nov 1 at 7 pm to listen to A Flor de Piel performing traditional Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) themed songs, including songs from Oaxaca and other favorites.

Nov 2

Día de Muertos in Michoacán, Mexico. A conversation with Maestra Elizabeth Vazquez and Ahtziri Roman

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In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of Día De Muertos (Day of the Dead) by adding the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Our tradition states that on November 1 and 2, the souls of the deceased return to visit their living relatives to once again taste their favorite foods, which are placed on altars. The bread of the dead, flowers, papel picado, sugar skulls, and copal, fill Mexican homes with color, joy, and celebration. This holiday is widely celebrated in Michoacán, Mexico. Follow along to learn more about how we celebrate in the state of Michoacán. Celebrations are hosted all over Michoacán such as Janitzio Lake, Patzcuaro, Tzintzuntzan and Jaracuaro. These “pueblos magicos” are known for being some of the best places to celebrate Día De Muertos. The different variations of traditions in these towns have brought people from all over the world together.

In 2017 Disney Pixar released the Oscar-winning animated film Coco where the magical towns of Pátzcuaro and Tzintzuntzan, were featured. Beautiful and culture-filled towns like the Island of Janitzio, the Paricutín volcano, Paracho, and Santa Fe de la Laguna in Michoacán are some of the places that inspired the creators to capture one of the most beautiful traditions in Mexico: Día De Muertos.

In this presentation, you will learn all about how Día De Muertos is celebrated in Michoacán, Mexico, from traditional dances and food to the historic stories behind some of Michoacán’s most special and culture-rich towns. Together we will sing “pirekuas” Michoacán’s songs about Day of the Dead. To conclude, we will share how you can celebrate these traditions at home and in the city of Indianapolis.

Hear our Voices: Music for Social Justice.
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Join us to listen to Latinx youth who are empowered by their musical heritage. Concert by the Mariachi Juvenil of the Latino Arts Strings Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The national award-winning Latino Arts Strings Program (LASP) was established in the fall of 2002 at the United Community Center (UCC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is housed in the Bruce-Guadalupe Community School (BGCS). Created and directed by Dinorah Márquez, this pre-college, full scholarship, music training program provides Latino students with instruments, music materials, individual lessons, small group and orchestra, and mariachi ensemble lessons every week, all for a fee of $95 per school year.

LASP began with 26 students in 2002 and now serves over 200 students ages 5 to 18. Students receive lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar. Most of the students may otherwise never have the opportunity to receive serious music instruction. In addition to giving several solo recitals during the school year, LASP students participate in one or two ensembles, which include: a Latino Youth Orchestra, a Cello Choir, a Guitar Orchestra, the “CoraSon y Madera” Son Jarocho ensemble, the PAAX violin Choir, and 4 levels of Mariachi – Mariachito Luna, Mariachito Sol, Mariachi Infantil and our flagship ensemble the Mariachi Juvenil Latino Arts.

Xantolo: Región de la huasteca Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos
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Xantolo: Huasteca región
Xochipitzahuatl, La Chimenea y La Bruja Huasteca are dances from the region better known as the Huasteca as part of the Xantolo festival. Xantolo is the name of the Dia de Muertos
(Day of the Dead) celebrations in this region. Xochipitzahuatl is a dance that is done with ribbons and without singing for the celebration of Xantolo, but it can also be used in other celebrations such as marriage. La Chimenea uses a play of words, describing a woman who sways sensually while dancing.
Finally, La Bruja Huasteca (the Huasteca Witch) tells the story of a witch who usually walks through the Huasteca area looking for newborn children and dying patients to take them away. The three dances together celebrate the Dia de Muertos ( Day of the Dead) with rhythms of joy.

Xantolo: Región de la huasteca
Xochipitzahuatl, la Chimenea y la Bruja Huasteca son bailes de la región mejor conocida como la Huasteca en la festividad de Xantolo. Xantolo es el nombre de las celebraciones del Día de Muertos de esta región. Xochipitzahuatl es un baile que se hace con listones y sin canto para la celebración de Xantolo, pero también se puede usar en otras celebraciones como en el matrimonio. La Chimenea hace un juego de palabra diciendo que una mujer que se mueve de tal manera al bailar que Che (se) Menea.
Por último la Bruja Huasteca relata la historia de una bruja que suele pasear por la zona huasteca buscando niños recién nacidos y enfermos agonizantes para llevarlos. Los tres bailes en conjunto celebran el Día de Muertos con ritmos de gozo.