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

The hereafter re me

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

Friday, October 10, 2014

Who is that masked man?

The subalternos, Jorge Jimenez Mendoza and Pedro Hernandez Lazo, are very important players in the whole danza de la pluma in Teotitlan del Valle.  One of them takes care of the needs of Monctezuma, Malinche and Doña Marina and the other takes care of all the other dancers.
Water, injuries, broken sandals, anything and everything, they take care of it.  They also control the flow of the whole dance.  It is very subtle, but they are each quite powerful in reading the scene and making adjustments.
Plus, they work the crowd with crazy antics, often making for huge laughs. And they keep track of invading gringos.
Break time with an admirer.
 There is real love there behind those masks.

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