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, July 13, 2012

Concurso para diosa Centéotl 2012

On a stage set up right next to the side entrance to Santo Domingo this morning, the final selection was made for the Goddess Centéotl, the corn goddess, in the concurso para diosa Centéotl 2012.  Each contestant gave a speech about her region.  Many were in indigenous dialects.
This is just one more event leading into the coming Guelaguetza dance festival.
One of the great things about these sort of events is that one can see the richness and diversity of Oaxaca on full display.
They are not foolin' around.  It is "Take my picture, now,"  which is so different from many other times in which people are very shy or even aggressive about not having photos taken.
Just look at how beautiful the traditional outfits are.
Such incredible and intricate work.
I should be able to name where each outfit came from by now, but I will have to go back and check. This one is definitely from the coast.
From the Sierra with wonderful loaves of bread in her basket.
The winner, Evelin Acosta Lopez, is from Oaxaca.
Really an elegant look.

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