Danza de la Pluma

This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the … Continue reading Danza de la Pluma

Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd each year. During this time it is customary … Continue reading Indigenous Self-Governance in Oaxaca

Living With Gods

There is a mountain standing watch over the village of Teotitlán de Valle in Oaxaca. Referred to as Brother Mountain by the locals, and otherwise known as Picacho, this mountain plays a very important role in the community here in the central valley region of Oaxaca. Teotitlán del Valle is a small community of around … Continue reading Living With Gods

Fiesta: Día de la Candelaria

Today is the day of another big party! Yay I hear you say, we haven’t had a festival in, oh so long... possibly days! So, today is 40 days after the birth of Jesus. Christmas in Mexico isn't officially over until February 2, el Día de la Candelaria or Candlemas Day, when Niños Dios and … Continue reading Fiesta: Día de la Candelaria

Fiesta: el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas

All last week Oaxaca, fighting a withdrawal from a week without festivals, has been gearing up for el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas (the black Christ of Esquipulas), which culminated last night in a giant 3-story castillo (firework tower), dancing monos and pyrotechnics to beat New Year. This festival has been observed with different activities each … Continue reading Fiesta: el Cristo Negro de Esquipulas