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Norma Writes for Selvedge Magazine Issues #89 + #109
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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Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Celebrates Her Patron Saint Today
The patron saint of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico is the Virgin of the Nativity — La Virgen de la Natividad. It is celebrated here on September 8, today.
Los Danzantes de la Pluma, Dance of the Feather, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca
There are two days of fiestas that started on September 6 with a Parade of the Canastas, this year’s group of Las Danzantes de la Pluma (Feather Dancers), and dances and fireworks last night.
Janet Chavez Santiago, Parade of the Baskets, , Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca
Today, starting at 1:00 p.m., there is a festival all day in courtyard in front of the church. The Dance of the Feathers is a spectacle, but it is also an important three-year commitment the young men make to the church, religious and cultural traditions of the Teotitlan del Valle.
Come see how high they leap, Dance of the Feather, Teotitlan del Valle
Fiesta time brings live music, traditional dancing, lots of beer and mezcal, and a chance to visit one of the most beautiful villages in the Oaxaca valley.
Unmarried young women in the Convite de las Canastas, Teotitlan del Valle
The band is a very important part of the tradition, with pre-Hispanic flute (left)
If you decide to spend the night, consider Casa Elena or Las Granadas B&B. Both offer wonderful hospitality.
Felipe Flores has a 2-year volunteer commitment on the village police force
Lupita Chavez joins the young women’s processions this year
Flags blew in front of her smiling face at the perfect moment
Holding up papier mache chickens, at the parade start
Clown serves as distraction for crowd and dancer cheerleader
Pre-Hispanic Zapotec carvings embedded in church wall
The conquerors of Mexico built churches atop indigenous temples, using the stones and carvings for foundations and to attract the people to the new religion.
Festival banners and balloons lead the procession
Entering the staging area inside the church courtyard
Lining up to begin the procession through town
Ana Paula Fuentes visited with other friends for lunch; at the fiesta
Janet Chavez Santiago in front of Teotitlan’s church
Preciosa de Sangre de Cristo Church, Teotitlan del Valle
Posted in Cultural Commentary, Photography, Teotitlan del Valle, Travel & Tourism
Tagged Dance of the Feather, Danza de la Pluma, fiesta, Mexico, Oaxaca, parade of the baskets, patron saints, photographs, Teotitlan del Valle, Virgin of the Nativity of Mary