The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Teotitlan del Valle - Calenda

Every year, this is one of the best weeks in Teotitlan del Valle as the fiesta of Preciosa Sangre de Nuesta Señor Jesucristo takes over the village.

Visually, it is full of richness, but it is the simultaneous joy and solemnity that makes it such a rare experience.

The confite or  calenda is a procession of unmarried women.

 It starts and ends at the plaza in fromt of the church and winds it way through the streets of the village.

Imagine walking a couple of miles carrying one of these canasta and a saint on your head.

After spending so much time in the village, I see many familiar faces, faces I have shot before and the joy in mutual recognition is a reward unto itself.  I have shots of this girl working with a matate and making tortillas at the weddings.

This gentleman led the procession playing on a clay flute, an ethereal sound.  A White Sox fan no less... lots of mexicanos in Chicago.
And here is one of the dancers, Doña Marina, this year, Leticia Martinez Gonzalez.
 Back for more today.

1 comment:

Alison said...

Absolutely love it Chris!

Your postings are becoming a little of a drug .... a necessary wander down learning and memory lanes ....