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

Monday, June 22, 2015

What's up in Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec?

The village of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec has been in the news recently.  Shannon over at Casa Colibri has the story.  I am going to do a few posts on the place, as it is such a unique and wonderful pueblo.  We thought we would go and see if there was any followup, really just to see what was happening on a Sunday.
It is about two and a half hours from Oaxaca and one drives through some pretty rugged and unpopulated areas.  Villages are few and far in between.  And, there is some fine mezcal in them that hills.  However, we were going there simply for lunch and check things out.  We were not alone.
And what were they watching?
I love this village because over ninety percent of the people play musical instruments and they are renowned throughout the country for their clean and professional playing.  These kids were no exception.  They sounded better than most adult bands I've heard down here.  More on them in a later post.  The trajes or tradition clothing worn by the women are some of the most beautiful and unique I've seen.  They all look gorgeous.... and they really like their nieves.
More in a bit about the clothing and a picture of the traje I bought to hang as wall art.

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