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Video: Oaxaca Study Abroad with North Carolina State University

We organized a spring 2017 Oaxaca, Mexico, study abroad program for North Carolina State University faculty and students from the Department of Horticultural Sciences. Three faculty members and thirteen students came from Raleigh, NC, to study sustainable agriculture, landscape design, natural dyes, horticulture, marketing, and ecology. We visited an organic permaculture farm, archeological sites, sea turtle sanctuary, endangered ecosystems, an organic coffee farm and artisanal mezcal producers. The weeklong program can be customized to any university study abroad program with a focus on culture, community development, business development, sustainability, textile design and more.

Here is the video produced by Rafael Hernandez. I hope you enjoy.

Universities interested in bringing a study abroad program to Oaxaca in 2018, 2019 or 2020 should contact me to discuss costs and itinerary.


Oaxaca Day of the Dead Film in Production

Day of the Dead in Oaxaca is celebrated with energy, solemnity, respect, and joy. That’s why we focus on it with Day of the Dead Photography Expedition workshop. Still a few places open!

A couple of weeks ago, University of Wisconsin-Madison textile and design associate professor Carolyn Smythe Kallenborn sent me an announcement of her upcoming film, Life and the Dead.

Yesterday, when she came to the casita for dinner with Ale, Tito, Liliana, Santiago, Claudia, Fe and Lola, Carolyn talked more about how she plans to integrate an exhibition of traditional Oaxaca textiles with the video.

The film will be available in October 2014.

Clay Times Magazine Features Dolores Porras Video Review

Oaxaca is known for folk art and especially pottery.  Potter Dolores Porras was one of those exceptional self-taught people who took their traditions, skill and creativity to the next level.  The Atzompa pueblo, where she lived and worked, provided the cooking vessels and ornamental pottery for Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica.

The autumn issue of Clay Times magazine reviewed the video about Dolores and her work.  Dolores Porras died in early November 2010.  She is missed by many.  When I visited her studio in February 2010 she was suffering from Parkinson’s and there were only a few pieces left on the shelves of her home gallery.  This video, created by potter Michael Peed, captures Dolores in the fullness of her creative expression. Today, in the Atzompa pueblo, about 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca city, there are many who produce beautiful pottery.  Some are adaptations of the style Dolores Porras developed, including the wonderful work of Teodora Blanco.

Reframing Mexico: Multimedia Documentary About Mexico City Life

Students from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications teamed with journalism students at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City to create a visual story of life in Mexico City through video and photographs. It is captivating, real, and human. It expresses the range of frustrations, challenges, misery, joy and hopefulness of life.

Experience ‘Reframing Mexico

One of the pleasures of working at an extraordinary university like UNC is the commitment that faculty and students have to social justice, innovation, and collaboration. This is manifested through volunteerism and active engagement that is designed to instill in people how important it is to make a difference in the world. Reframing Mexico heightens our awareness for and appreciation of what it takes to survive and thrive for our southern neighbor.

As I approach the national holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States, I am grateful for my family and friends, for the food I grow and eat and recycle, and for opportunities in my life. I am also grateful to the Mexican migrants in the U.S. who I don’t know, and my Mexican friends and family in Oaxaca, who all add to the quality of my life.

Day of the Dead Oaxaca Photo-Video Says It All

On our Day of the Dead Photography Expedition 2011, we had the pleasure of Nick Eckert’s company, good humor, photographic expertise complete with technical geekdom, and enthusiasm for the art and craft of photography. Nick is in Mexico City now for a walking photo tour but found the time to put this beautiful YouTube video together with perfect musical accompaniment from Bob Dylan, “Knockin’ on Heavens Door.”

Here you will experience the magic and mystery of Day of the Dead as celebrated in Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico! Enjoy, compliments of Nick.

Join the waiting list for our 2012 Day of the Dead Expedition. Send me an email: oaxacaculture@me.com