Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013
The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas.
The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife. It was released on DVD in...
Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
Elements of an altar to La Santa Muerte
Our presentation at BookWoman inspired us to build a mini altar to the Santa Muerte as demonstration. We got most of our information from Andrew Chesnut's book, "Devoted to Death," and from a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.
Here's a list of items that are typically seen in a Santa Muerte altar, and pictures of our version at...
Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
Professor Andrew Chesnut visits Texas Folklife staff to inform the research on our latest documentary - a look into the devotion to La Santa Muerte in Texas.
Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Andrew Chesnut has authored the book Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint. A grant from Humanities Texas supported a consultancy with Dr....
Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death
A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in...