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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Behind the mask....

We are so used to see the subalternos, Florentino Martinez Ruiz and Juan Bautista Ruiz, from Teotitlan del Valle in full regalia and masks.  They offer comic relief but more importantly they take care of the dancers giving them water and aid as needed.  And they can dance, too.  They always look good, even in traditional rain gear.  I'm pretty sure this is Florentino.....
But finally, last Friday, I managed to catch them on a break without their masks. That's Juan on the left and Florentino on the left.
They add so much to the whole experience keeping the audience involved and laughing.   Florentino also makes some of the pinachos or feather headdresses.

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