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2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration


Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018

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FLAGSTAFF — Nearly 300 luminarias lite the way for hundreds of worshipers to took part in the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration early Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel.

Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces began placing and lighting the luminarias shortly after 5 a.m. in time for worshipers to take part in the services, which included a Rosary, the singing of  Mañanitas and Mass. Café y pan was then presented downstairs at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center (The Basement) following the services.

The annual celebration began the evening before with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church where there will be a presentation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe play

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces takes part in 2018 Armed Forces Day Parade

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FLAGSTAFF — The community celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day Parade held Saturday, May 19, 2018 in downtown Flagstaff.

The parade theme was “Freedom is Not Free.”

The event honored local veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Vintage military vehicles, a member of the Navajo Code Talkers, ROTC and active duty service members participated in the event.

During the parade, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces displayed a set of banners with photos honoring the service of living Hispanic veterans from the region, as well banners remembering those Hispanics who served in the military. The banners will be displayed at future Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces events.

The group also honored the memory of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces President Christina Anaya as a long-time supporter of the annual event.

Remembering Christina Anaya

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the wider community of Flagstaff were sadden this week to hear of the passing of Christina Anaya, a life-long community advocate in the region.

Christina was serving as president of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and presided over the planning of the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada, the group’s participation of the 2017 Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration.

She was a volunteer for a number of community groups and organizations, including the Flagstaff Police Department, a member of Sociedades Guadalupanas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff.

“It is with great sadness today (May 15) the Flagstasff Police Department learned they lost a friend and family member. Ms. Christina Anaya,” the department stated on its Facebook site. “Christina volunteered her time at the PD for more than 12 years. She has worked in Records, National Night Out and other community events and assigned to the Detective section going through pawn slips! Her smile and fun attitude will surely be missed. Thank you for your service and commitment to our community. We are all lucky to know you.”

Christina received the 2015 Big Award, one of three volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff recognized for their work with the organization, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

She will be missed by all who have known her.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, and please join us for a reception at San Francisco parish center, 12:30 PM.

See the Arizona Daily Sun story of May 18 for more information.

2018 Celebraciones de la Gente ©


Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 15th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente ©, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.

2018 Festival Information

Member Preview: Friday, October 19, 6 – 8 pm

Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth
Daily Admission: $12 adult; $8 youth (11-17), student & American Indian (with ID); children under 10 free.

Courtyard After Dark Saturday, October 20, 5-8 pm
Enjoy an evening viewing of the community ofrendas (altars) against a backdrop of candlelight and strolling mariachi music. Mexican hot chocolate and pan dulce (sweet bread) available for purchase. Dress warm!
Courtyard After Dark Admission: Included with festival admission or $6 per person. Children under 10 free.

Participating Artists & Organizations

Gina Santi (Photography)

Terri Rodriguez (Jewelry)

Irene Dominguez (Mixed Media)

Rick Pacheco (Paintings)

Umbrella Project (Nonprofit)

Casa of Coconino County (Nonprofit)

Schedule of Events



9:10 am Sugar Skull Decorating with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces

10:00 am Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff

11:30 am Mariachi Sol Azteca

1:00 pm Los Matachines

2:30 pm Fiesta Mexicana

4:00 pm Los Diamantes

5:00 pm- 8:00 pm Courtyard After Dark



9:10 am Sugar Skull Decorating with Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces

10:00 am Jesus Higuera

11:15 am Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff

12:00 pm Jesus Higuera

1:30 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca

2:45 pm Fiesta Mexicana

4:00 Los Matachines

Heritage Insights (Ethnology Gallery)


10:45 Memento mori: Mourning Rituals and Visual Symbols of Child Loss with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part I Child loss from poverty, malnutrition, and epidemic disease in late nineteenth-century Mexico devastated rural communities whose vulnerable populations lacked resources and medicines to reduce infant mortality. This discussion will review the artists and artistry that generated photographic views of child loss and became icons alongside saints and ancestors on domestic altars.

12:15 Quinceanera’s: Coming of Age in the 21st Century with Victoria Samudio-Rodriguez

A discussion of the significance, symbolism and meaning behind this Chicanx/ Latinx coming-of-age-tradition and celebration of womanhood.

1:45 Chicano Photography in the Now: Border Crossers, Time Travel, Cosmic Imagery with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part I Bahti will review the history of Chicano photography in Arizona, highlighting significant photographers including Louis Carlos Bernal, and Delilah Montoya. Visitors will gain a deeper understanding of how the photographic connection between physicality and spirituality is crossing the border into Arizona territory.

3:15 Day of the Dead Decoded: Ofrendas 101 with Delia Ceballos Muñoz

A centuries-old tradition, Ofrendas are an integral aspect of Day of the Dead. In this interactive discussion, Muñoz will discuss the origins of these ritual alters, the symbolism behind them and demonstrate the process of building a refuge for the tired souls of lost loved ones.



1:00 Memento mori: Mourning Rituals and Visual Symbols of Child Loss with Dr. Dolores Bahti 

Part II This presentation will review the work of two renown photographers, one in Mexico and the other in Arizona, whose work, inspired by Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti, led to a late twentieth-century turning point in Latinx photographic history.

2:15 Caleveras or Costumes with Nuestras Raíces 

A panel discussion led by Nuestras Raices board member Frank Moraga exploring the differences between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

The second presentation.

3:30 Chicano Photography in the Now: Border Crossers, Time Travel, Cosmic Imagery with Dr. Dolores Bahti

Part II In this presentation, Bahti will review Mexican art and iconography that transmits powerful messages of migration, cultural identity, Millenial fragility, physical endurance, water scarcity, regional landmarks, and social justice.

Food Vendors All Weekend


Goodtimes Rolling

2018 Annual Sugar Skull Workshop

Oct. 5 — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces presents annual Sugar Skull-making workshopFLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will present its annual Sugar Skull-making workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Arts Center “The Basement,” 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

Come learn the secrets of turning water and sugar into skulls for upcoming Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebrations.

Class led by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, presenters of the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona (Oct. 19-21).

$10 for a completed sugar skull and decorating supplies. Bring your own beverage. Snacks provided.

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2018 Cinco de Mayo Celebration

May 5FLAGSTAFF — The American Legion Auxiliary and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will present a “Cinco de Mayo Celebration — Dinner, Dance,” on Saturday, May 5 at American Legion Post No. 3, 204 W. Birch St., Flagstaff.

The Dinner will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. — $10 per person for the three-item combo plate

The Dance will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. — $10 per person for the dance

There will also be raffles and split the pot.

Tickets available from American Legion Auxiliary and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Send an email to for more information.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces remembers veteran, Hispanic pioneer Tomas Vega

2017 Tardeada — Tomas Vega
Tomas H. Vega, front row far right, stands at attention while being honored with other veterans during the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada.
Tomas Vega
Tomas H. Vega during World War II.

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces would like to remember the contributions of Tomas H. Vega, a Flagstaff native, who passed away on March 14 at the age of 96. Mr. Vega was a regular at many of the group’s functions, including the annual Summertime Tardeada at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

He was a part of America’s “Greatest Generation,” landing on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion in June 1944.

He will be honored, along with other Hispanic veterans, during the 2018 Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Flagstaff.

For more on his remarkable life, please visit the Arizona Daily Sun story HERE.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration 2017 to be held Dec. 11-12

Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2016

FLAGSTAFF — The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, 224 S. Kendrick St., to  San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66.

After a brief stop for a hot food and drink potluck at the Flagstaff Fire Department Station No. 2, the procession will proceed up the hill along Ponderosa Parkway to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church for a Mass at 7 p.m.

Festivities will begin the next day at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with a Rosary, Mananitas at 6:30, Mass at 7, followed by Café y pan at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The church will be encircled by an estimated 300 luminarias, placed there by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Activities will conclude with a community potluck at 8 a.m, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center “The Basement.”

“Monday evening is the vigil of the celebration of the patron saint of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe,” wrote Father Patrick Mower in the parish’s Dec. 10 bulletin. “There is a beautiful celebration and procession from OLG Chapel up to our church on the mesa. We stop at the fire station (at the bottom of the hill” for a short rest with refreshments before we head up the hill. There are dancers, songs and prayers as we honor our Lady. Although many may thing this to be a “Hispanic” event, our Lady is the patron of all the Americas, not just Mexico and Central America. How nice would that be if the crowd doubled in size and race as we all walk in procession to celebrate Mass in honor of Mary together as a Church, the people of God, not divided but united in Christ. There is a bus that will leave here at 5:15 p.m. to take people down to OLG so that your cars will be here waiting for you after the Mass. We start the procession at 5:30 p.m. The whole trip is only 2.2 miles. Hope to see you there. God’s blessing on you all, you are loved.”

See slideshow from 2016 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2016