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…
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.
Alex Garcia from dance group Inxochitl Incuicatl (flower and song) from Berkeley, Ca
Dancers from dance groups Nanahuatzin, Kia Ketzalli, Inlakech, Ehekatl, Xantotl, Yaocuahutli, and Coyolxahuqui dance around alter
Kneeling and Offering
No Dakota Access Pipeline
Evelin and Maria Barron
Native News Online photos by Arthur Jacobs and Christopher Burquez