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Day of the Dead Festival
Sat., 11-02-2019
10 a.m.-5 p.m
The National Museum of the American Indian
Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the National Museum of the American Indian with two days of free family-friendly music, dance, and hands-on activities. Artist Lilia Ramirez (Nahua) will create an interactive mural featuring La Catrina, one of the most iconic images drawn by Mexican illustrator and printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada. 

The festival features a traditional ofrenda created by National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza (Purépecha) and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens. Visitors can honor loved ones by making paper marigolds to decorate the ofrenda. Explore the world of calaveras de cartonería (paper-mache skeleton figure) as shared by the Coronado family (Yaqui/Mayo descent).

Mask Making: Create and hand-color your own monarch butterfly mask or sugar skull mask.

Alfombras de aserrín (Sawdust Carpet Display) created by artist Ubaldo Sanchez: Learn more about the sawdust carpets popular throughout Guatemala and the region of Oaxaca in Mexico.

Live performances by Grupo los Tecuanes

Event details are subject to change. Please contact the event host to verify these details are accurate.

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