We celebrated Latin@ Heritage Month with a series of tri-institutional activities. The full list of events can be found here. We have highlighted a couple of the events below.
Kick-off (September 16, 2013)
We kicked off the events with Grupo Huitzilopochtli, a Aztec dance group. The Aztec dancers captivated the audience with traditional dances and blessings. This was followed by a panel discussion about current topics influencing the Chicano Community and El Grito (shout) for Independence. Los Romanticos (link) ended the day with a phenomenal performance and lecture on traditional Mexican music, history and composers.
Nuestro Talento (Talent Show)
The first annual Nuestro Talento talent show was a huge success this year with over 250 people in the audience and a great list of talented performers. You can see the brochure for the event here (hyperlink to brochure), with a list of performances. On the side bar you can find a compilation video from the event. The top three winners are pictured below.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Dia de los Muertos is a day to celebrate, remember and honor those who have passed away. This tradition stems from Indigenous practices in which it is believed that souls do not die, they continue living in Mictlan (place of death) where they rest. During Dia de los Muertos, family members and friends share stories of ancestors to carry on their legacies as well as teach children about those who came before them. During this time, treats are also offered, consumed and shared to celebrate and bring awareness to the cycle of life and death. To celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Hispanic Student Services collaborated in a tri-institutional celebrate as well as a series of events to create an altar in our office.
The tri-institutional event celebrated and honored our ancestors with a blessing, music and entertainment by Mariachi “Los Correcaminos”, the Wandering Mav’s, Grupo Huitzilopotchli Aztec Dancers, Café Cultura and a film Serpent and the Sun. We also offered sugar skull decortating and face painting. Multiple organizations also presented altares.
The Hispanic Student Services office also offered a series of Dia de los Muertos events including, ofrendas (offerings) for our altar. This included sessions to make face masks, sugar skulls, flowers all which culminated in a potluck with sweet treats and pan de los muertos to offer to and honor our family, friends and community members who have passed.1
During the Cinco De Mayo celebration, we worked to highlight and celebrate various forms of art through which we could create a complex representation of Latin@ culture.
We had on display a fantastic mural that Leticia Tanguma painted and a poem by Emiliano Tanguma. Both are local artists and CCD students who created this work just for this event. In addition we had a spoken word performance by Cafe Cultura, a dance performance and DJ mix by Hip-Hop Congress and DJ Chonz, a performance by Ballet Folkorico Sabor Latino under the leadership of Lorenzo Ramirez, Rock en Español by Izcalli.