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16th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente to be held Oct. 26-27 at the Museum of Northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF — Celebrate cultural traditions at the 16th 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’s 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.

Admission
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 26, 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.

Schedule of Events

Saturday

10:00 am- 10:30 Decorating Sugar Skulls on the Patio

10:45-11:15 am Ballet Folklorico performance on the Mainstage

11:30-12:00 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca performance on the Mainstage

12:10-12:30 pm Comparza Texalpan

1:15-1:45 pm Ballet Folklorico performance on the Mainstage

2:00-2:30 pm Ofrenda tour in the Courtyard with Nuestras Raices

2:45-3:15 pm Dance performance

3:30-4:00 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca performance on the Mainstage

4:00-4:20 pm Comparza Texalpan

4:30-5:00 pm Ofrendas 101

5:00-8:00 pm Courtyard After Dark

Sunday

10:00 am- 10:30 Decorating Sugar Skulls on the Patio

10:45-11:15 am Ballet Folklorico performance on the Mainstage

11:00-11:30 am Mariachi Marisol performance in the Courtyard

11:45-12:15 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca performance on the Mainstage

12:30-1:00 pm Lecture with Amanda Blanco

1:00-2:00 pm Cumeres Performance in the Courtyard

1:15-1:45 pm Ballet Folklorico performance on the Mainstage

2:00-2:30 History of Families with Nuestras Raices

2:45-3:15 Dance Performance

3:30-4:00 pm Puebloan Day of the Dead with Ed Kabote

4:15-4:45 pm Mariachi Sol Azteca performance on the Mainstage

4:45-5:00 pm Closing Processional

Heritage Insights presentations

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.  

 

Puebloan Day of the Dead with Ed Kabotie 

Artist-in-resident Ed Kabotie will explore the cultural commonalities between the Puebloan and Latin@ celebration of Day of the Dead. In this ‘edutainment’ style presentation, a fusion of music and the spoken word of his own design, Kabotie will foster understanding for the shared traditions of southwestern Pueblo Tribes and Latin@ peoples. 

 

History of Families with Nuestras Raices

NuestrasRaíces, Flagstaff’s organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic culture and history, will present the history of families and the significance of family structure.

 

Participating Artists & Organizations

alphabetical by last name

Lucia Cartes, Jewelry / Fashion (GG)

Melany Colamarino, Sculpture (BG)

Irene Dominguez, Pottery (BG)

Denise Pacheco, Fine Art / Pottery (GG)

Rick Pacheco, Fine Art / Pottery (GG)

Jess Rick Rodriguez, Fine Art (GG)

Location key:

GG= Geology Gallery

JMG=Jamie Major Golightly Courtyard

BG= Babbitt Gallery

Visit http://musnaz.org/heritage/celebraciones/ for more information

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces announces dates of upcoming events

After a bit of a break following the winter holiday season, it’s time for Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to start planning for a number upcoming events in 2016.

> May 6 — Save the Date: Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present First Friday Art event at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center. Details to come.

> May 14 — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will participate in the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Children’s Festival. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Click here for more information.

05-19-12 Armed Forces Parade03> May 21 — Save the Date: Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to participate in annual Armed Forces Day Parade and Veterans Fest, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, downtown Flagstaff. Click here for more information.

> June 3 —  Tentative: Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present First Friday Art event at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center. Details to come

06-27-15 Tardeada09> June 25 — Save the Date: Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present Third Annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada & Car Show” at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center. Event traditionally includes mariachi and folklorico performances, a Hispanic veterans recognition presentation, food and a raffle. Details to come.

10-23-15 Celebraciones-02> Oct. 22-23 — Save the Date: The Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces to present the 13th annual “Celebracions de la Gente,” with the member’s preview to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. Celebraciones will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23. Fine art and unique crafts, Mariachi music, Folklorico dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs, and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids. Click here for more information.

Photo by Frank X. Moraga ©2015 AmigosNAZ

> Late October/early November — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces tentatively scheduled to participate in the annual “Día de los Muertos Celebration” at Snowdrift Art Space, Historic Route 66, downtown Winslow. Details on date, time to come. Click here for information on the 2014 and 2015 Día de los Muertos Celebrations.

OLG Feast Day20> Dec. 11 — The annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession” will tentatively begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. The procession will conclude with a reception at the Fire Station No. 2 (1701 Ponderosa Parkway), before proceeding up the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces 300-plus luminaria lit road to San Franscisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E Rte 66, Flagstaff. Details to come.

> Dec. 12 — The annual “Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mariachi Mass,” which includes the lighting by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces of about 200 luminaries, will tentatively begin at 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Details to come.

Details subject to change. For more information, send an email to contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or info@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org

Region welcomes 11th annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona

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It was a weekend filled with music, entertainment, and, most importantly, reverence for those who have gone before us as Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the Museum of Northern Arizona partnered for the 11th annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the museum held from Oct. 24 through 26, 2014 The event included the return of the In Tlanextli Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers, Mariachi Sol Azteca de Tucson, Ballet Folklórico de Colores de Flagstaff, an artists mercado, lectures, food and activities for young people.

Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2014

Tickets available for annual Celebraciones de la Gente raffle

Nuestra Raices to hold Raffle on Oct. 24

Tickets ($10 each) are now available for the annual Celebraciones de la Gente raffle presented by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

The raffle will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26 during the 11th annual Celebraciones de la Gente / Día de los Muertos festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

You do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds benefit annual cultural programs presented by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Send an email to contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org to purchase your raffle ticket.

Northern Arizona community honors heritage with altars, closing ceremony at 2013 Celebraciones de la Gente

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The day began with a sugar skull-making workshop and progressed to musical and dance performances and educational programs, concluding with the moving closing ceremonies at the 10th annual Celebraciones de la Gente, presented on Oct. 27, 2013 by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Activities included performances by musicians from the “Borders Songs” compilation album, dance performances by Ballet Folklorico de Colores — Flagstaff, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson, a performance of Mexican folk music by local favorites Los Compadres, and educational programs by Martin Espino and Filmmaker and NAU alum Carolyn Brown.

The blessing of the altars, led by Espino and members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, concluded with the traditional group photo in front of the newly-created mural by the Southwest Eclectic Artist Association.

Capturing the spirit of 2013 Celebraciones de la Gente

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From the creation of family altars, and a last-minute courtyard wide Oaxaca-style cemetery scene, to the moving closing ceremonies including the blessing of the altars, members of the Museum of Northern Arizona and the public enjoyed the three-day celebration of Hispanic heritage, art and culture at the 10th anniversary of Celebraciones de la Gente, presented Oct. 25-27, 2013 by the museum and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Musical, educational programs highlight opening day for public at 2013 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Musical and dance performances, lectures, along with arts and crafts demonstrations highlighted the opening day for the public at the 10th annual Celebraciones de la Gente, presented on Oct. 26, 2013 by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Events began with a folk music and theatrical performance by Carmen and Zarco Guerrero, a sugar skull-making workshop, face painting, performances by musicians from the “Borders Songs” compilation album, dance performances by Ballet Folklorico de Colores — Flagstaff, Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson, and informational programs by Martin Espino and Filmmaker and NAU alum Carolyn Brown.

Community enjoys opening night at 2013 Celebraciones de la Gente

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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.

Mayan Calendar talk, music, food, closing altar blessing part of 2012 Celebraciones de la Gente

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A discussion on the 2012 Mayan Calendar by guests from Guatemala, Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi workshops and performances and a moving closing ceremony with the blessing of the ofrendas (altars) were experienced by visitors during the closing day of the 9th annual Celebraciones de la Gente held Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The event was presented by the museum and partner Flagstaff Nuestras Raices.

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration featured a “Lively Day of the Dead Celebration” which included food, arts and crafts booths, face painting and the presentation of the annual mural project.

Performers include Maríachí Sol Azteca, Los Compadres and Ballet Folklorico de Colores of Flagstaff.

Call 928-774-5213 or visit musnaz.org  or http://www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.com/ for more information.