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, March 1, 2017

Carnaval in San Martin Tilcajete

Famous for its many woodcarvers, yesterday San Martin Tilcajete was the place to be for carnaval and people from all over descended on the village to celebrate.  This village has been, for many years, one of Mexico's most famous for its figuras or alebrijes.  I admit to being hopelessly addicted to collecting them for many years.   For carnaval there is always a wedding, with two lucky young men as bride and groom.
There are all sorts of looks and costumes.
Always fun to do double takes as a beautiful woman walks by and then you see it's one of the guys.
This celebration has become very popular in the last few years.  There were people from all over and lots joined in the festivities.  This man was from Australia and he was getting the full treatment from good friend, Jesus Sosa Calvo, coming from one of the best and most highly acclaimed carving families including wife, Juana, sister, Francisca and son, Apolinar.
The finished look.
A pensive shot...
Wonderful design on the skin...
Woodcarving, for which  San Martin Tilcajete is world famous.
It is also famous for its masks.
And here is one of the classic looks, oiled and looking fine.
A silver celebrant, another classic village look.


Bev in Connecticut said...

So what goes on at Carnavale
people in masks, a parade,floats,I assume bands
Is it an organized event or people meandering around town
we just made res for DOD. Coming down with at least4 other people. We should start a tour agency!
See you then if not sooner

Christopher Stowens said...

It is somewhat organized and follows some sort of a script. Not matter what, it is one heck of a good time in such a wonderful village. Try it, you'll like it! ;-)