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

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It begins - Teotitlan del Valle

Yesterday was the first confite or procession of this cycle in Teotitlan del Valle.  And it was the first glimpse we got of the danzantes who will be dancing la danza de las plumas for the next three years.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day, not only the weather, but the whole thing, the sights, smells and ambiance..... the best.

The fiesta, Solemnes Culto en Honor de la Preciosa Sangre de Nuesto Señor Jesucristo, lasts all week and we plan to head out everyday.  The most anticipated and exciting aspect for me was seeing the dancers.  I watched the last two girls who played Doña Marina and Malinche grow up over the previous three years and plan to do the same with these two, both of whom are six years old.
Anali Ruiz Ruiz as Doña Marina
Juana Lisbeth Contreras Vicente as Malinche
Rumor has it, that they are both very good dancers.  And with the sun at their backs, Malinche and Monctezuma, Jose Isaac Vasquez de Los Angeles.
Accompanied by two bands, the confite, the procession of unmarried women and girls, begins at the church
and winds its way through the streets to end up back where it started, the plaza in front of the church.
Always a wonderful celebration.... and so hard to carry those canastas for a few kilometres.
 Look how the procession snakes through the streets.
 One of the boys who lead the confite, with the sacred mountain, El Picacho in the background.
It doesn't get much better than this.  Much more to come....

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