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

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Calenda in Tlacolula

At certain times of year, there are so many things happening one just can't do them all. We missed all the action in Tlacolula last weekend while we were in Teotitlan del Valle, but caught this calenda last Sunday and it was, as always, simply a blast. 
Tlacolula is into marmotas, the large globes, big time and having tried it myself I can never believe how good they are at it.  It is really hard.
This guy was dancing, with no hands... in the wind!  What strength and balance.
And the canastas that the ladies dance with are heavy, too.  They just make it look easy.
Probably because they get blessed just before dancing.
There were several different groups dancing, each with an accompanying band.
I always love seeing how young some of the musicians are... and good players, too.
 And we saw danzantes from Teotitlan del Valle! ... in the next exciting installment.


Jeffrey said...


Love the photos. Here's a question, though. Is there any correlation between all of the time and effort spent on these activities and the general poverty of the region? I'm living in South Korea, where there is very little poverty and very little time for dancing and daily festivals.

Christopher Stowens said...

No, I don't think there is a correlation. I spent some time in South Korea, taught lots of Korean students, and obviously, lots of time here in Oaxaca. The cultural differences are profound between the two. My initial thought is that both have incredible work ethics which manifest in different ways because of economics and thousands of years of history. As you know, Korea has a very complex and unique culture.... and so does Oaxaca.... and we as outsiders will never really get all the threads and nuances.