Dancers Praying For And To Honor Elders Who Have Passed On

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  Many of the names below and the names of the dance groups are in the Nahuatl (Aztec language).  more to come soon…

img_7072

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 huehuetl

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, Coyolxahuqui dance around alter

Pictures by Arthur Jacobs

The post Dancers Praying For And To Honor Elders Who Have Passed On appeared first on Native News Online.

This BBSNews article was syndicated from Native News Online, and written by Arthur Jacobs. Read the original article here.