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

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Little Old Men of Teotitlan del Valle - Los Viejitos

Let's hear it for little old men, Los Viejitos!
Teotitlan del Valle celebrates carnaval after Semana Santa unlike most other places, where it happens before Lent begins.
It is a five day affair with a different section of the village hosting a celebration each day, ending with a big celebration in front of the Municipal building on Friday.
The main characters are the wonderful little old men, the Viejitos and their partners, who all happen to be younger men.... I think... you never get to see their faces.
They dance and cackle and keep a banter going that keeps everyone in stitches.
There are lots of different traditional aspects and it is always so nice to see very young kids participating insuring that the traditions will continue.
As always, men and women sit apart for the most part.  I love this shot of some of the the real backbones of the village... a powerful group of women.
Some of the men are a little more laid back.
I'll have some video up in a while... In the meantime, ¡ Viva Teotitlan del Valle!  One of the Oaxaca's treasures.

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