This presentation by Dr. Genie Canales Ph. D., will address the origin, history, and description of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a joyous, colorful celebration that honors the memory of our deceased loved ones on Nov 1st and 2nd. The audience will learn how ancient indigenous traditions and post-Conquest Spanish practices were synthesized to create contemporary expressions of Día de Los Muertos, such as skull face painting, skeletons, marigolds, Monarch butterflies, altars, and papel picado. Attendees will also learn why, historically, only one side of the face has been painted and they will discover connections to the Mexican Revolution, the skull art (e.g., La Catrina) of Mexican printmaker/lithographer Guadalupe Posada, and calaveras (skeleton poems), as well as the significant connections to the Chicana/o Movement, Chicana/o Art, and the first public celebrations of Día de los Muertos in the United States.
Event Type(s): Cultural, Social Connection, Community & Civic Engagement State Bucket
Age Group(s): Adult
Presenter: Dr. Genie Canales Ph.D.