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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Los danzantes de pluma - Teotitlan del Valle

As Teotitlan del Valle continues to celebrate la Preciosa Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo all this week, yesterday the new group of dancers fought strong winds and performed splendidly. Wow!
The sun was out and it was simply a glorious day.  This celebration, this village, these people and their traditions are so inspiring, one basks in the moment. 
It a time full of pride, commitment and some smiles.
The penachos, headdresses, and outfits caught the sun and the colors popped.
I need to put names to faces and will do so in the next few days.
It doesn't get any better or more traditional than this.
These guys are really good, especially Sergio Gutierrez Bautista, the new incarnation of Monctezuma.  He is a pretty amazing dancer.
I know they have been practicing for months, but there is nothing like the real thing and they were really tight and smooth despite strong winds which played havoc with the penachos.
Imagine having a sail on top of your head and then dancing. 
This is only the beginning.  They will be dancing for three years and I hope to be there with them all the way.   It is such an honor and blessing to be there.

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