Dancers Praying For (And To Honor) Elders Who Have Passed On

Published September 14, 2016

NAPA, CALIFORNIA – Dancers are celebrating “La Veintena para honrar nuestros mayores” (honoring our elders who have passed on). Falling leaves in Autumn remind us that everything is mortal and will die. This dance and ceremony are part of the month-long Dia de los Muertos, which is a Mexican holiday  This day was also  in support of the removal of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Water is Sacred. Many of the names below and the names of the dance groups are in the Nahuatl (Aztec language).  more to come soon…

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The boy is playing the little huehuetl (one piece comes from trunk of tree), Rio is playing Ocarina (Aztec flute) in front of her is Teponaztli (horizontal drum), Matlazeilzcuintli from Guerrero, Mexico is playing larger huehuet last Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Amanda Ayala dances for Coyolxahuqui (on left), Tlazolteotl Pipil dances for Nanahuatzin. These names and dance groups are in the language

Amanda Ayala dances for Coyolxahuqui (on left), Tlazolteotl Pipil dances for Nanahuatzin.

Alex Garcia from dance group Inxochitl Incuicatl (flower and song) from Berkeley, Ca

Alex Garcia from dance group Inxochitl Incuicatl (flower and song) from Berkeley, Ca

Dancers from dance groups Nanahuatzin, Kia Ketzalli, Inlakech, Ehekatl, Xantotl, Yaocuahutli, Coyolxahuqui

Dancers from dance groups Nanahuatzin, Kia Ketzalli, Inlakech, Ehekatl, Xantotl, Yaocuahutli, and Coyolxahuqui dance around alter

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Jesus Solorio

Juan Anceno

Juan Anceno

Aquene Aquetzalli

Aquene Aquetzalli

Women Dancers

Women Dancers

Kneeling and Offering

Kneeling and Offering

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

No Dakota Access Pipeline

No Dakota Access Pipeline

Evelin and Maria Barron

Evelin and Maria Barron

Native News Online photos by Arthur Jacobs and Christopher Burquez

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