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Tradition and tardeada

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Aztec dancers Photo: Ana Pines

We attended the celebration of Danza Mexi’cayotl dancers’ thirty-three years of San Diego tradition at the Historic Chicano Park July 21. La Danza Azteca is not only a modern mystic folk dance tradition of Central Mexico based on the cultural legacy of the Aztecs, their enemies and their descendants; it is a way of life, a form of prayer and ancestor worship. It is a living, evolving, cultural tradition filled with the artistic, spiritual and military traditions of the Pre-Columbian Aztecs, their neighbors and their post-conquest Mestizo descendants. It’s almost like they are communicating with the future and the unborn. The performance involved music, poetry and theater. The dancers wore full traditional regalia with brilliant colors and feather-filled headdresses. There were several performers in the middle of the stage with drums. The sound of the drums and the performers’ singing invoked emotion amongst the audience and told stories about the Aztecs.

We were happy to see people from different cultures and of various ages attend the celebration. There were a few vendors selling handmade woven blankets, sculptures and paintings. We even saw a guy that had a pet chicken riding on top of a big dog. There were families with picnic blankets on the grass enjoying the celebration.

The families of Danza Mexi’cayotl incorporated The Mexi’cayotl Indio Cultural Center (MICC) in 1987. MICC is a community based arts organization. Its goal is to teach and preserve the Native American heritage of Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. They provide weekly classes in traditional Azteca dance and music, classes in Nahuatl (the language of the Aztecas), special events programming, traditional dance ceremonies and publication of audio cassettes and books related to Native American culture. To learn more about MICC, visit www.aguila-blanca.com

Azteca Photo: Kim Rescate

Tardeada

Photo: Ana Pines

House of Mexico’s Tardeada was held July 27. A tardeada is an early afternoon party or celebration. It was a potluck with dancers, singers, a band, silent auction and live auction. The food was delicious and there were so many choices. We tried several kinds of salad, carnitas, chicken, enchiladas, potato salad, nachos and salsa. There was so much food it filled three tables. There was also a fourth table full of dessert. We were happy to see that the buñuelos (Mexican Fritters) we brought were a hit as they were gone by the time we left.

House of Mexico - Tardeada Photo: Ana Pines

The purpose of the event was to thank the House of Mexico’s members and supporters as well as raise money through silent and live auctions. It really surprised us that the organization doesn’t have a cottage in Balboa Park. There’s a part near the Organ Pavilion that is called the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. They “promote multicultural goodwill and understanding through educational and cultural programs”. How is it that we are so close to Mexico and they don’t have a cottage is beyond us. We’d have thought that they would be one of the first cottages. Let’s help them raise the necessary funds to get a cottage by 2015 by donating or becoming a member online at www.houseofmexico.org



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