Despite of some last-minute excitement regarding an under-renovation courtyard, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the Museum of Northern Arizona successfully celebrated opening night for museum members of the 10th anniversary of Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 25 in Flagstaff, AZ.
Heavy monsoon rains this past summer delayed renovation work at the museum, including the historic Jaime Major Golightly Courtyard. However, members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and staff from the Museum of Northern Arizona worked together to create a fitting Oaxaca-style cemetery, an addition that was complemented by many visitors to the museum during the weekend.
The opening night featured a presentation of awards of appreciation to Museum of Northern Arizona Director Dr. Robert Bruenig for the museum’s efforts over the years in working with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to create a successful Día de Los Muertos celebration.
The opening evening include music, food by Tacos Los Altos West in Flagstaff, the lighting candles at the altars / ofrendas and the and the cemetery, and family stories told by members of the community at their altars. A number of arts and crafts vendors could also be found throughout the museum. The event opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27.