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Pan de Muerto Making




Pedro Garcia, Miguel Vargas and Miguel Roldan of Tlaxcala, Mexico show us their style of making pan de muerto, or bread of the dead. The bread recalls loved ones who have died, and are remembered annually in the Mexican Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration. The men also relate stories, rhymes and beliefs associated with this national holiday. They are assisted by Sylvia Davis.

Sugar Skulls with Dinorah Peters




Dinorah Peters of Lowman, NY came to the Southern Tier from Tamaulipas, Mexico in the 1980s. A fabulous cook who began learning how to cook traditional Mexican dishes at the age of eight, Dinorah has been an ambassador for Mexican foodways and the traditions surrounding Dia de los Muertos in our region for a number of years. This intimate video shows Dinorah with her daughter and grandson making sugar skulls at home, what it means to her, and who she remembers. Extensive info on making your own sugar skulls can be found at www.mexicansugarskulls.com.

Make Paper Masks




Karen Canning of GLOW Traditions demonstrates simple mask making using the "Catrina" figure popular in the Mexican holiday. The artwork was originally created by late 19th century lithographer, Jose Guadalupe Posada as a commentary on Mexican society and politics of the day. The image was later incorporated by Mexican artist Diego Rivera into one of his murals and has now become synonymous with the Dia de Muertos celebration. More information about the Catrina history can be found at  https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2019/10/la-catrina-dark-history-day-deads-immortal-icon.

Make Paper Banners




This video shows how to make two types of banners out of tissue paper. The banners often decorate home ofrendas, or smaller versions are hung on strings to stretch across a room or patio. These designs came from community member, Estela Gutierrez, who learned them from her father as a girl in Mexico.

Templates for Paper Masks and Skeleton Puppets




Printable on 8.5 x 11 paper, black ink.

Paper Crafts Instructions



Printable on 8.5 x 11 paper, black ink.

Learn Face Painting




Learn how to paint the half-skeleton face for Day of the Dead from Albion, NY community member, Xitlally Rosario. Her younger cousin, Sofia Salinas serves as the model. They both celebrate the Dia de Muertos annually with their extended family, where color, scent and warmth mingle with remembrance of souls who have passed, keeping them within the circle of life.

Oaxacan Sand Painting with Antonio Cruz




Mexican artist, Antonio Cruz Zavaleta talks about the tradition of Oaxacan sand painting for Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico. The video documents the creation of a sand painting by the artist for Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration on November 1, 2019, held at the Orleans County YMCA, Medina NY. Part of the New York Living Traditions website, this piece also gives further information on the history of funerary sand painting and additional reflections by the artist.

Ofrenda Traditions with Porfiria Mijangos




Porfiria Mijangos of Oaxaca, Mexico describes the various elements of an ofrenda, and her family's traditions of celebrating Dia de Muertos. The ofrenda pictured was created for the annual Day of the Dead celebration on November 1, 2019 at the Orleans County YMCA, Medina NY.

Face Painting with Gladys Rosario




Gladys describes how she learned to face paint for Day of the Dead, as well as her family's traditions of gathering for the holiday.

The Art of Remembrance




Explore artwork from The Rockwell Museum’s collection, with Director of Education, Mary Mix, that are examples of how artists remember family and an American hero in their art.

Make Paper Flowers




Learn how to make your own Mexican-style paper flowers with Gloria Harris, folk artist and Carly Nichols, Support Services Manager at CareFirst. Traditionally vibrant and festive, flowers are used to decorate ofrendas (offerings), graves and spaces where people gather to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. After watching this video, make a flower to remember someone special in your life.

Oaxacan Ofrenda with the Rosario Family




Meet folk artist, Leonel Rosario and learn about the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) traditions celebrated in Oaxaca, Mexico, a region famous for their culture and food. Learn about the symbolic elements on a Oaxacan ofrenda to welcome the spirits of loved ones, and the customs associated with honoring and remembering people (and animals) in a positive way.

Jarabe Mixteco Dance




Watch and learn about the traditional Jarabe Mixteco dance performed by folk artists Leonel Rosario and Delores Alvarado. Leonel is from the state of Oaxaca in Mexico and Dolores is from the neighboring state of Guerrero. Learn about the adorned clothing worn for this dance and the symbolism of the designs and style elements, influenced by the regions in Mexico from which Leonel and Dolores are from.

A ‘How To’ Guide to Building an Ofrenda


A step-by step guide to building an ofrenda for the Day of the Dead celebration in your home or classroom. Learn about the meaning behind the elements found on a traditional ofrenda, with Spanish Teacher, Bev Stevens, integrating Spanish vocabulary.