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

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

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Guelaguetza 2012 - It continues

The second desfile or parade of delegations from the various regions went off without a hitch yesterday afternoon.  In fact, it was even better than the previous week, which, if I recall, was absolutely fantastic.  So that tells you all you need to know.  It was so much fun.  Where were you?
Once again I got there nice and early, two hours before the start.  The place was empty, but within a few minutes people started arriving and soon enough there was music and dance and photographic opportunities galore. 
This time I was concentrating on learning how to better identify the groups.  The outfits or trajes are all so distinctive, I should have learned this years ago, but... it ain't easy.  I mean, it ain't like each group is carrying a big sign saying where they are from....  oh, they do... oops.
Slowly, I began to associate groups with regions better.  I plan on working on it.  It was very nice to be able to get group portraits.  The dancers from Santiago Jocoltepec.
 The dancers from Santa María Tlahuitoltepec
 The dancers from Santo Tomás Ocotepec.
Much more to come, but it will take a few days to go through photos and video and tomorrow there are two local guelaguetzas about 50 k. apart that I plan on seeing, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

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