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    Days of the Dead Resources

    Donald Davis (Donald_Davis@stubbs.woodsworth.utoronto.ca)
    Mon, 22 Sep 1997 20:59:37 -0500

    A number of larger cities have Hispanic communities, and these communities =
    sometimes publish newspapers or magazines outlining community events. In To=
    ronto, the fall 1997 issue of =22Que Pasa - A Guide to Hispanic Life and Ev=
    ents=22 has been released. The main cover story concerns =22Mexico's Days o=
    f the Dead=22. Page 3 - 4 describes =22Celebrating the Souls=22, and mentio=
    ns a number of special events being held at the Peel Heritage Complex in ne=
    arby Brampton (a display from Sept. 3 - Jan. 4/97, a hands on area, Days of=
    the Dead music and videos. making paper flowers, flip charts explaining sy=
    mpbols, and a collection of items from Mexico including 40 masks. There wil=
    l also be a Dead Folk Art Workshop and Family Day Open House Fiesta).

    On to pages 7 to 8 and a description of Rosa de la Pena's Papier Mache Magi=
    c. The picture on page 7 illustrates a paper mache skeleton covered with mo=
    narch butterflies. Apparently this life size papier mache skeleton was one =
    of several exhibited at the Day of the Dead offrenda at the Gardiner Museum=
    in Toronto. =22The vivacious skeleton, grinning with joyous abandon, is co=
    vered with Monarch butterflies, a symbol of Canada, de la Pena's home for t=
    he past decade=22. Her works will also be on display at the Gallery Studio =
    in Markham Oct. 15 - 26/97, and she is also teaching papier mache courses i=
    n Toronto.

    If you live in a larger town or city, it might be work exploring what speci=
    al activities and events your local Hispanic community is planning around =
    =22Dias de Los Muertos=22.

    Don Davis

    Toronto, ON