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Los Muertos Featured At Museum

Maryhill hosts party on Halloween

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Maryhill Museum of Art visitors can participate in a traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) program.

Featured activities include musicians Los Temerosos, guest artists Armando Olveda and Cristina Acosta, traditional Mexican folk dancing, plus the Viva la Cultura performers.

The program is open to all ages and children under 17 are free with one paid adult.

The event was organized by Courtney Spousta, assistant director for Student Activities and multi-cultural programmer at University of Portland.

"Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun activity and exploration," said Carrie Clark, curator of education. "Try your hand at painting your own papier-mache skull and watch folk dancing. It'll be a great day for families to learn about this tradition that honors ancestors with colorful art, food, music, and altars."

The Dias de los Muertos has its roots in ancient Mexican traditions. Families share stories about their ancestral loved ones, prepare traditional foods, create elaborately decorated altars and creatures, play music and dance.

Throughout the afternoon, the Hood River Mexican Folk Dance 4-H Club will demonstrate traditional Mexican dancing, the Los Temerosos musical group will perform traditional Mexican mariachi music, and Viva la Cultura will present folktales through song, dance and acting. A traditional altar will also be on display.

"Alebrijes or images and creatures from the realm of the dead are also a large part of festivities," said artist Armando Olveda. Olveda will show children how to make and decorate their own papier-mache fantasy skulls. All supplies will be provided free.

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