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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 ©

Oct.-20-21

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

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 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

Mainstage

Saturday

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

Mainstage

Sunday

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)

Saturday

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.

 

Sunday

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

Archuleta’s

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.

Visit www.FlagstaffNuestrasRaices.org or send an email to president@FlagstaffNuestrasRaices.org or info@FlagstaffNuestrasRaices.org for more information.

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 help@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org 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.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces scheduled to hold next meeting on Feb. 12

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Coconino County Administration Building, second floor conference room, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona. Visit www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or send an email to contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces se reunirá a las 5:30 pm 12 de febrero en el Edificio de Administración del Condado de Coconino, segundo piso de la sala de conferencias, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona. Visita www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org o contact@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org  para más información.

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.