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‘Rights of Immigrant Children’ talk set for Nov. 8 in Flagstaff

Claudio Sanchez, education correspondent for National Public Radio, will be the guest speaker during the free presentation: “The Rights of Immigrant Children: A Reporter’s Notebook” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the High Country Conference Center, 20 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff.

Sanchez, a former elementary and middle school teacher, joined NPR in 1989, after serving for a year as executive producer for the El Paso, Texas, based Latin American News Service, a daily national radio news service covering Latin America and the U.S.- Mexico border, according to a media release. Sanchez is a native of Nogales, Mexico, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University.

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NAU celebrates Día de los Muertos on Nov. 2

Members of the Art History Society of Northern Arizona University presented their annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the university. Photo by Frank X. Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC. ©2011

Members the Art History Society for Northern Arizona University celebrated the annual Día de los Muertos on Nov.2 at the amphitheater outside of the University Union. Members presented an ofrenda (altar) honoring Mexican artist Guadalupe Posada, along with facepainting and other activities. For more information on the event, send an email to tad76@nau.edu

An altar or ofrenda honoring Mexican artist Guadalupe Posada was presented by members of the Art History Society of Northern Arizona University at its annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the university. Photo by Frank X. Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC. ©2011
Dominique Birden, left, a freshman at NAU, gets her face painted by Randi Ringnes, a senior at NAU when the Art History Society of Northern Arizona University presented at its annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the university. Photo by Frank X. Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC. ©2011
Randi Ringnes, a senior at NAU, braves the cold when the Art History Society of Northern Arizona University presented its annual Día de los Muertos Celebration at the university. Photo by Star Hunter/Shooting Star Communications LLC. ©2011

Community embraces Celebraciones de la Gente

Performers, artists, members of Nuestras Raíces, museum staff and members of the community gathered on Sunday, Oct. 30 in front of the completed Día de los Muertos mural at the Musuem of Northern Arizona as part of Celebraciones de la Gente. Photos by Frank X. Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC

Celebraciones de la Gente concluded on Sunday, Oct. 30 with the blessing of the altars, complete with music by Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tuscon. Participants, artists, performers and members of the community then gathered in front of the Día de los Muertos mural for a group photo.

Presented by Museum of Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the event featured music, dance performances, discussions on Hispanic history in Northern Arizona and information on the history of the altars presented in the courtyard.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raices is presenting is first food calendar featuring a variety of Hispanic cuisine recipes. The cover features an image of a altar of las Guadalupanas.

A limited number of 2012 calendars, complete with Hispanic cuisine recipes, and T-shirts celebrating the event are available from the nonprofit, 501(C)3 organization. Call Delia Ceballos Munoz at 928-380-0380 or send an email to lagente@flagstaffnuestraraices.com for more information. Also visit http://flagstaffnuestrasraices.com

Ballet Folklorico de Colores of Flagstaff, singer Alena Chavez, Los Compardres and mariachi performer Lilly Jurell were some of the entertainment scheduled on the museum grounds.

The event also included sugar skull demonstrations and workshops, papel picado workshops, children’s author Monica Brown.

Members of Mariachi Sol Azteca of Tucson took part in the blessing of the altars at the conclusion of Celebraciones de la Gente held on Oct. 30 at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Photo by Frank Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC

Please click on photos below to see images from Saturday’s opening activities.

The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council presented its own altar at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The altar is one of nearly two dozen altars lining the courtyard. Photo by Frank Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC
Mariachi Sol Azteca of Tucson provided a mariachi historical education program along with performances at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Photo by Frank Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC
Flagstaff's Ballet Folklorico de Colores entertained the audience at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Photo by Frank Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC
Members of the Southwest Eclectic Artists start work on a Día de los Muertos mural at the east parking lot as part of the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Photo by Frank Moraga/Shooting Star Communications LLC