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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Just one of the boys

Some of the best and most uplifting events of the the year take place in Tlacolula and yesterday was the first calenda celebrating the Virgin of the Rosario and it was simply spectacular.  The sun was out with dramatic clouds building as a backdrop and the light was very nice.  This calenda features lots of things, but for the men and boys it is all about the marmotas, the globes with which they dance.  It was windy so more of a challenge to just keep the ball in the air.  The wind would catch the marmota and push it and the guy holding so that other would have to step in and prevent it from falling over.  I have so much respect for how hard it is to carry one of these things, let alone dance with it.  I've tried it much to everyone's amusement.  I started with an 80 kilo version when I should have started with a 2 kilo version... at age two, like all of the guys did.  Much more in a bit.  Thanks to Shannon for the shot.
video
Sorry for the quality of the video.  It is really much better than this, but I took the easy way and just uploaded it directly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An extremely beautiful photo.
which reminds me of my childhood with candor and ingenuity of children in the villages of this ancient country. And miraculously I see that same candor reflected in the faces of these now a days children.
  And I can easily guess who is the happiest child in this picture....Congratulations to the photographer!