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  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
    Elements of an altar to La Santa Muerte Our presentation at BookWoman inspired us to build a mini altar to the Santa Muerte as demonstration.  We got most of our information from Andrew Chesnut's book, "Devoted to Death," and from a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.   Here's a list of items that are typically seen in a Santa Muerte altar, and pictures of our version at...
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
    Professor Andrew Chesnut visits Texas Folklife staff to inform the research on our latest documentary - a look into the devotion to La Santa Muerte in Texas. Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Andrew Chesnut has authored the book Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.  A grant from Humanities Texas supported a consultancy with Dr....
  • Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
    All star list of Big Squeezers - Nachito Morales of Dallas (2011 Champ), Anthony Ortiz Jr. of Austin (finalist), and Michael Lopez Ramos of Dallas (2013 Champ.)  Josh Baca, Texmaniacs accordionist, and guest accordionist Robert Casillas of San Antonio. Even Oscar Garcia, Texmaniacs bassist, takes a turn at the jam! All anchored by one of the most experienced, smooth and capable bajistas in...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
    La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in...
  • Posted on Mon May 6, 2013
      High school and middle school teachers, students, and administrators are invited to participate in Texas Folklife's 2013 summer institute “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” a two week intensive fellowship in radio documentary production with professional producers, journalists and cultural workers. Participants will be guided through production of short radio documentaries on themes related...
  • Posted on Thu May 2, 2013
    In collaboration with a team of youth reporters at Texas Folklife‘s summer radio workshop “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” KUTX produced a story chronicling some of the Garza/Torres family’s adventures and exploring the ways the conjunto tradition has been handed down from parents to children. AISD students Arlette Flores, Jennifer Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez, and Steven Ugalde took the lead on...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 13, 2014
     This Fall the Stories Team has put its equipment and audio skills into the hands and hearts of two classrooms on the east side of Austin!  The team is being lead by Marcelo Teson, Program Director and Summer Institute Lead Instructor for Stories From Deep in the Heart.   First up, we are working with Veteran Stories fellow Mrs. Sarah Waggoner at Kealing Middle School Magnet....

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