Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada returns June 29, 2019


FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces invites the public to attend to the return of the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is free and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits.

The Tardeada will feature mariachi and folklorico performances, a tribute to Hispanic veterans in the region, a raffle and Mexican and regular barbecue food sold as a fundraiser.

So escape the triple-digit temperature in most of Arizona, bring your chairs and canopies and enjoy the cooler mountain breezes of Northern Arizona.

More details to come…

To participate as a vendor or sponsor, please send an email to Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces President Delia Munoz at president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org

Click on photo below to view photos of 2017 Tardeada celebration


Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates 2017 Summertime Tardeada Mariachi & Folklorico Festival

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates ‘2016 Summertime Tardeada’

Record crowd attends 2nd annual ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’

Northern Arizona veteranos honored at Tardeada 2015

Car show adds shine to Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada 2015

Mariachi Sol Azteca & Compania de Danza Folklorica Arizona make successful return to Tardeada 2015

Community dances the day, night away to sounds of Grupo Fierro of Tucson at Tardeada 2015

Inaugural ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’ on June 28 draws larger than expected crowds


Flagstaff Nuestras Raices to participate in 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

May 18, 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will participate in the 13th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 in downtown Flagstaff.

The parade theme is “Freedom is Not Free.”

To register for the parade, RSVP to flagstaffafd2018@gmail.com

Call 928-286-7446 for more information.

Click on photo below for slideshow of 2018 Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade



2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration


Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com

Click on image above to see a slideshow of the celebration

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

Click on photo above to see slideshow on AmigosNAZ.com

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.

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.