¡Fiesta Latina! is a second-year cultural event organized by Western New Mexico University to recognize and celebrate New Mexico’s Hispanic heritage, customs and traditions.
The three-day event in Silver City starts Friday, June 22 and features Latin music and dance performances, Hispanic foods, traditional children’s activities, a tequila tasting, a Tree of Life community building workshop and a juried artisan mercado.
The more than 40 vendors at ¡Fiesta Latina!’s Artisan Mercado include representatives from women’s cooperatives and artists working to preserve ancient traditions, methods and materials, such as Don Habacuc Avendano, a Mixtec master weave in coastal Oaxaca, who works to save the endangered purpura pansa snail, the world’s only source of tixinda, the Mixtec people’s sacred purple dye.
¡Fiesta Latina! is introducing a free five-part film and discussion series called Transcending Borders.
Five of the dozens of visiting Central American artists will appear for Q & A sessions after screenings of documentaries about their work and their families.
During the community-building workshop, Patricia Castillo of Taller Artesanal de Don Alfonso Castillo Orta and Paul Jolet are creating a clay Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life), and the public will use that foundation to build a Community Tree of Life during a two-part workshop. People have a chance to make small clay sculptures representing our region’s landscape and way of life.
Darren Cordova y Calor is headlining the fiesta, while National Heritage Fellow Eva Ybarra, who is known by as La Reina del Acordeón (the queen of the accordion), will play conjunto music at Fiesta Latina Saturday night as well.
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