Day of the Dead at the Nevada State Museum

November 4, 2012

The Nevada State Museum in Carson City will celebrate Dia de los Muertos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Novvember 10. Also known as Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos is a multi-cultural celebration of life, through death, for entire families. The museum’s eighth annual observance will feature ofrendas, video, crafts, songs, dance and special exhibits. Dance will be by colorful, folkloric groups. Crafts include creation of sugar skulls that honor the deceased loved ones. Ofrendas are displays by families that include memorabilia from the departed person, with samples of favorite foods, symbols and remembrances of things people loved. Pan de Muerto is a traditional bread associated with the celebration.

Jesse Ortiz will present aspects of Latino cultural heritage through dance in two 45-minute Aztec performances, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Sacramento dance group Danza Azteka Quetzalcoatl features about a dozen dancers, age four through adult.

The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 N. Carson Street. Admission is $8 for adults, free for museum members and children 17 and under. For more information, contact dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or call (775) 687-4810 x237.

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