This is a spectacular time of year to be in Oaxaca. The streets are filled with music, parades, costumes, tourists, and cars. It can take 30 minutes to get through the historic district in a taxi. There is excitement and energy in the air with preparations for when beloved departed will return to earth to visit and those who remember them honor their memory. Altars are everywhere: in restaurants, hotels, homes, in street vendors’ stalls, shops and tiendas. Every one is a work of art, incorporating food, drink, photos of the departed, bright marigold flowers, and special touches applied by each creator. At Restaurante Azucena at the San Martin Tilcajete crossroads, the altar used the seven varieties of indigenous corn, yellow-orange marigolds, sugar skulls, and the light of many votives. Bamboo fronds form the arch from which to hang fruit, bread, and chocolate. On Sunday, we will go to Teotitlan to participate in the family ritual of decorating the altar, the center of religious and spiritual home life. Today, we will accompany the family to the Abastos market to shop for all the goodies.
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Creating Connection and Meaning between travelers and with indigenous artisans. Meet makers where they live and work. Join small groups of like-minded explorers. Go deep into remote villages. Gain insights. Support cultural heritage and sustainable traditions ie. hand weaving and natural dyeing. Create value and memories. Enjoy hands-on experiences. Make a difference.
What is a Study Tour: Our programs are designed as learning experiences, and as such we talk with makers about how and why they create, what is meaningful to them in their designs, the ancient history of patterning and design, use of color, tradition and innovation, values and cultural continuity, and the social context within which they work. First and foremost, we are educators. Norma worked in top US universities for over 35 years and Eric founded the education department at Oaxaca’s textile museum. We create connection and help artisans reach people who value them and their work.
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