Websites and Videos to find out more information on Day of the Dead history and practices:
Day of the Dead Study Guide from the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas
The following link below provided by the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas is truly a great resource for information about the origins of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as well as an explanation about practices and imagery used to celebrate this Mexican holiday.
Click here to go to the Mexic-Arte Museum educational study guide on Day of the Dead history and practices.
Dia de los Muertos: Young People’s Ofrenda
3:42 video length
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This is a wonderful video about a collaborative exhibition between the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a Los Angeles charter school featuring ofrendas created by high school students for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Day of the Dead
3:48 video length
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A short documentary on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) symbolism and celebration practices.
Carolina Storyteller: What is Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)?
This video series supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant and commissioned and created exclusively for the LASC explains the history and practice used during Day of the Dead for creating an ofrenda or altar told through storytelling as presented by Carolina Quiroga-Stultz.
Description: What is Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)? When did it start, and how is it celebrated? Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a bilingual storyteller, will tell the stories, history, and traditions around this celebration rooted in ancient mesoamerican beliefs. Once a year, the dead come to eat at our table, and the families prepare to receive them in open arms, with ofrendas of food, flowers, drinks, pictures, and much more. We will listen to the tales of those who did not believe that the dead want to be remembered! And that welcoming them can guarantee a good year!
Time-lapse ofrenda/altar installation and interview with Janice and Jacobo Aragon
Long time participants in the LASC’s annual Day of the Dead Festival and ofrenda installations at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground, Janice and Jacobo Aragon will be videotaped and interviewed as they install a traditional ofrenda in the LASC’s glass Glo Gallery for this year’s Day of the Dead festival. Experience their insights into the history of the LASC’s Day of the Dead Festival and the traditional practices they use to create an ofrenda for Day of the Dead.
Ofrennda/Altar installation by the Smith/Kean family
It has been a cross-generational tradition for the Smith/Kean family from Somerset, Kentucky to participate in the LASC’s annual ofrenda/altar installations at the Old Episcopal Burying Ground. See a time-lapsed capturing of their install of their ofrenda in the LASC’s Glo Gallery and find out why it is so important for the family to participate year after year in the festival.
Ofrennda/Altar installation created by Kim Dixon-DeRouchey
Kim Dixon-DeRouchey will install an ofrenda/altar in the LASC’s Glo Gallery to honor and celebrate family members that were descendants of South Carolina’s Gullah culture; West African slaves brought to the Sea Islands of the Carolina’s and were able to retained their strong African roots and traditions. View a time-lapsed presentation of the installation and learn what motivated her in creating this ofrenda/altar honoring family and the rich African culture that is Gullah.