This year at Museum of Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX, we celebrated The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) with a marionette performance and reading of the book, The Festival of Bones, by Luis San Vicente.
The performance was presented by Dallas marionette artist, Kent Williams, and the story was read by Christy Martinez-Garcia, publisher of Latino Lubbock Magazine here in Lubbock, TX. After the performance everyone exited to a room upstairs where we made wonderful
“Woody Walkers” —“skeleton-ized” in celebration of El dia de Los Muertos/ The Day of the Dead. And, just in case you don’t already know, El Dia de los Muertos is a celebration with ancient roots in the history of Mexico. Unlike the skeletons of Halloween that are scary, the skeletons of El Dia de los Muertos serve to remind us that we are all the same underneath; no matter our station in life, death is a reality for us and our loved ones. Moreso, the beauty of this traditional celebration is that friends and family who have passed away are honored and remembered. Ultimately, The Day of the Dead reminds us that no matter how strong the sting of death, the love and memories we carry for our loved ones are far stronger than death, and so love wins out over death, every time.
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Mr. Williams trained our many volunteers, teaching them how to make the marionettes so that they, in turn, could assist our visitors in making their own puppet pals the next day. Below are some photos of that training day, on October 29, and the event on October 30, along wit a view of some of the wonderful people who gave so generously of their time to support this program at the Museum of Texas Tech University…
Feathers are always good, MORE feathers are great!!