Category Archives: Celebraciones de la Gente

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.

Visitors enjoy first full day of Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 27, 2012

Visitors to the Museum of Northern Arizona had the opportunity to see folklorico and mariachi performances, stroll around the historic courtyard and visit nearly two dozen ofrendas (altars), enjoy food and visit arts and crafts booths during the first full day of the 9th annual Celebraciones de la Gente on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

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” including music, ofrendas, Heritage insight presentations, workshops, Ballet Folklorico.

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.

Community enjoys opening night of 2012 Celebraciones de la Gente

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Members of the Museum of Northern Arizona and their guests celebrated the “Member’s Preview” of the 9th annual Celebraciones de la Gente on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 in Flagstaff.

The Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration was produced in partnership with Flagstaff Nuestras Raices. Visitors were welcomed  by the Museum’s Director Dr. Robert Breunig, along with Flagstaff Nuestras Raices President Lydia Anaya.

Visitors had the opportunity to visit the museum’s courtyard and see the nearly two dozen candlelite ofrendas (altars), enjoy music and food.

Community gathers for final day of 2011 Celebraciones de la Gente

Visitors gathered at the Museum of Northern Arizona for the final day of the 8th annual Celebraciones de la Gente on Oct. 30, 2011 in Flagstaff. Ballet Folklorico de Colores of Flagstaff kicked off the entertainment while members of the Southwest Eclectic Artists continued work on their Día de los Muertos mural. Los Compadres entertained the crowd with traditional Mexican folk music in the museum’s courtyard, while Paul Espinosa and Pete Dimas provided information on Hispanic culture past and present in the museum’s lecture hall. Mariachi singer Lilly Jurell also entertained visitors in the museum’s courtyard while others enjoyed tasty Mexican food during the celebration. Ceremonies concluded with the traditional blessing of the ofrendas (altars) with Mariachi Sol Azteca providing the closing music as visitors, performers, artists, members of the museum staff and members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces gathered in front of the mural for a group photo. Celebraciones de la Gente was presented by the Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

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Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2011

Community enjoys opening day of 2011 Celebraciones de la Gente

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From the elegant dance performance of Ballet Folklorico de Colores of Flagstaff, to colorful sugar skulls and cookies, the installation of paper flowers in a memorial garden, performers including Alena Chavez and Poco de Todo entertaining the crowd in the courtyard, artists from the Southwest Eclectic Artists creating a Día de los Muertos mural and rousing music provided by members of Mariachi Sol Azteca of Tuscon, the opening day of Celebraciones de la Gente provided visitors with a variety of activities to choose from. The event, which opened on Oct. 29 at the Museum of Northern Arizona, was presented by the museum and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.