Day of the Dead Folk Art

Day of the Dead Folk Art

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ISBN-13: 9781423634430
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 08/01/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 596,844
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kitty Williams has long had a passion for Mexican art and culture. Ms. Williams has led numerous tours to Mexico for Day of the Dead festivities.


Stevie Mack is a nationally known art educator, curriculum developer, and tour guide.Ms. Mack has been leading educational tours to national and international sites for over twenty years, and along with Ms. Williams, has led numerous tours to Mexico for Day of the Dead festivities.

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The Day of the Dead is celebrated with a special zeal in many areas with large indigenous populations, such as Oaxaca and Michoacán, Mexico. As these are also regions that are renowned for their rich and vibrant folk art traditions, some of the most spectacular works of art in honor of the holiday have been produced by artisans in these areas. With the art they create for the Day of the Dead, the artists offer us a window into the cultural traditions associated with the holiday along with a subtle reminder that it is better to joke about death than to fear it. Those leering skulls and skeletons with their clattering bones are simply expressions of the Latin American sense of humor, coupled with an honest appraisal of human mortality and a genuine celebration of gratitude and thanksgiving for life’s bounty.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

History of Festivals to the Dead 19

Skulls and Skeletons 25

José Guadalupe Posada 35

La Catrina 41

Market Art 51

Local Markets 52

Sugar Skulls 52

Skeleton Figures 54

Papel Picado 64

Pan de Muerto 64

Community Art 67

Ofrendas 76

Sand Paintings and Sculptures 84

Parades and Pageantry 92

Monos de Calenda 98

Cemetery Vigils 100

Contemporary Expressions 105

Resources 128

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