The National Museum of the American Indian hosts a virtual event to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hands-on art creation and the rich culinary heritage of this tradition. The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and many Latino communities across the United States as a way to honor family and friends who have passed away. The tradition originates from the Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya. Day of the Dead: The Basics Join museum folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri as she answers frequently asked questions about Day of the Dead. What is Día de los Muertos? How is it different from Halloween? What is an ofrenda? What is the meaning of the beautiful decorations? Vidaurri will illustrate the presentation with images collected over her years of research, as well as selected images from past Day of the Dead programs at the museum. How to Make Paper Marigolds With Evelyn Orantes (Quiche Maya) and Joaquin Newman (Yaqui/Mexica) Entre flores nos reciben y entre ellas nos despiden. —dicho mexicano Among flowers we are received and among them we depart. —Mexican proverb Flowers play an important role in many celebrations. From births to funerals, they help express people’s feelings. The colorful petals of zempasuchil (marigolds) are used for Day of the Dead. Evelyn Orantes and Joaquin Newman will demonstrate step-by-step how to create paper marigolds. Celebrating the Rich Culinary Heritage of Día de los Muertos Join Chef Neftali Duran on his culinary journey through the foods and feasting associated with Día de los Muertos. Learn more about mole, a signature sauce associated with the celebrations, and delve into the rich history of pan de muerto.


  • Occurred Saturday, October 31st, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Occurred Sunday, November 1st, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm




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