Ventura and Norberto Fabian, Instructors
Learn how to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team—Ventura and Norberto Fabian—continue the tradition of creating hand-carved and hand-painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. This folk art is rooted in traditional rural village life and is one of Mexico’s most popular crafts. Participants will select an original small figure to paint that they can take home. The class will be taught in Spanish with translation to English.
Live music, Oaxacan wood carving, and festive decorations help to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones. Decorate a sugar skull (additional $6 fee); sip spicy hot chocolate; make papel picado (cut paper banners), cempasúchil flowers and other artwork; and write a message in any language you choose to place upon the Día de los Muertos altar. The community altar art will be created by students at the Rafael Hernández Dual Language School in Boston.
THE NOVEMBER 1 EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Please see the Saturday, November 3 Día de los Muertos Celebración Familiar / Day of the Dead Family Celebration.
Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy live music. The Catrina/catrín costume contest is at 6:30 pm.
Free Public Event
Peer into an active archaeological excavation and learn about the oldest section of North America’s first college, founded in 1636. Harvard archaeology students will answer your questions, demonstrate archaeological methods, and display recent finds from the seventeenth century that reflect how Harvard College students—centuries ago—ate, dressed, and amused themselves, among other experiences. Drop by any time during this 90-minute event. The site is in Harvard Yard, steps away from the famous John Harvard statue.
Free Public Lecture
Rowan Flad, John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Michael Ambrosino, Former Public Television Executive Producer; Creator of PBS series NOVA and Odyssey
Ilisa Barbash, Curator of Visual Anthropology, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Sue Marshall Cabezas, Former Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources
Ross McElwee, Professor of the Practice of Filmmaking, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Lecture, Special Event & Book Signing
Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Free Public Lecture
Russell A. Mittermeier, Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation; Chair, Primate Specialist Group, Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Lecture, Poetry Reading & Book Signing
Heid E. Erdrich. Poet, Writer, and Filmmaker
Tacey M. Atsitty, Poet
Eric L. Gansworth, Writer and Visual Artist; Professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence, Canisius College