Education Event, Dance Performance     Series: Family Saturday

Latino Cultures in Oregon

Free and open to the public
Saturday, February 24, 2018
12PM – 4PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Education Event, Dance PerformanceAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

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Families are invited to this all-ages program that focuses on culture and diversity in Oregon. All Family Saturdays will include hands-on crafts and activities and some events will feature special performances by community groups.

The second Family Saturday program on February 24 will highlight Latino cultures in Oregon. The event will showcase dance performances by Ballet Papalotl and Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance and a Charrería demonstration by Antonio Huerta.

Performance Schedule

Ballet Papalotl

12:15pm – 12:45pm
1:15pm – 1:45pm

  

Charrería demonstration

2pm – 3pm

  

Atlachinollincan Aztec Dance

3:15pm – 4pm

Family friendly crafts will be going on throughout the day and include:

  • Papel picado
  • Ojo de Dios
  • Aztec sun masks
  • Guatemalan plate designs
  • Tissue paper flowers
Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Families are also invited to visit History Hub, OHS’s permanent exhibition made for kids, by kids. In History Hub, youth and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives and pictures. View historic artifacts like suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway’s typewriter, learn about different cultures by reading books in the “Book Nook,” and discover how Oregonians have stood up for fairness throughout history.

Save The Date! The next Family Saturday will be on May 19 and will focus on African Americans in Oregon, with programs and performances presented in partnership with the Oregon Black Pioneers.

About the Performers

Ballet Papalotl

Ballet Papalotl

Ballet Papalotl is a youth bi-cultural dance troupe.  "Papalotl" means "butterfly" in Náhuatl, the Aztec language. Their mission is to share authentic Mexican folkloric dance and culture as a way to build bridges for intercultural understanding and to contribute to a more harmonious multicultural society in the Pacific Northwest.  The dancers are all Oregonians, and most of the dancers have Mexican roots and want to understand and share the traditions of the homeland of their ancestors.

Since 2003, Ballet Papalotl has performed around 32 public and private cultural performances per year, including for the Rose Parade, Children’s museum, Newmarket Theater, RACC, Oregon Historical Society, Portland Waterfront Cinco de Mayo, Pioneer Square y Moda Center celebrations~Independence of Mexico’s~, PSU, PCC and televised events for regional universities, city halls, art and cultural centers, and many other venues.

We have partnered with the Consulate of Mexico in Portland and the Miracle Theater, as well as other major Latino and multicultural outreach artistic & cultural centers and programs.  We have earned multiple awards and prizes, including 1st place in the best native costume group at the Rose Parade for 8 years in a row. Dr. Kenya Marquez is the Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Papalotl. She has been recognized by UNIVISION as ”Ejemplo Hispano” and recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Art Foundation, for her work in Arts and Education.

We hope you enjoy the world of Ballet Papalotl -- Authentic Mexican Culture and Folkloric Dance!

Ballet Papalotl

Ballet Papalotl es un grupo de danza de jóvenes biculturales. Papalotl significa “mariposa” en la lengua azteca, Náhuatl. Nuestra misión es compartir la Auténtica Cultura y Danza Mexicana con la poblacion de Oregón y del noroeste, creando lazos para contribuir en una sociedad multicultural más armónica. Los bailarines de Papalotl somos oregonianos y su mayoría tienen raíces mexicanas.  Ellos quieren comprender y compartir tradiciones de la tierra de sus ancestros.

Desde el 2003 Ballet Papalotl realiza alrededor de 32 presentaciones culturales públicas y privadas al año. Incluyendo presentaciones en el Rose Parade, Children’s museum, Newmarket Theater, RACC, Oregon Historical Society, Portland Waterfront Cinco de Mayo, celebrations en Pioneer Square y Moda Center~Independencia de Mexico, PSU, PCC y eventos televisados para universidades regionales, city hall, centros artísticos y culturales, y muchos otros eventos.

Han tenido proyectos de colaboración con el Consulado de México en Portlamd,  Teatro Milagro, así como con otros importantes programas y agencias latinos culturales y artísticos. Hemos ganado  numerosos  reconocimientos y premios, incluyendo reconocimiento del mejor grupo nativo en el Rose Parede, por ocho años consecutivos. La Doctora Kenya Márquez es la Fundadora y Directora Artística de Ballet Papalotl. Ha sido reconocida por UNIVISION  como ‘Ejemplo Hispano’ y recientemente por la Fundación Mundial de las Artes, con un reconocimiento de Realización de vida por su trabajo en las artes y la educación.

Disfruten el mundo de Ballet Papalotl, Auténtica Cultura y Danza Folklorica Mexicana.

Antonia Huerta

Antonio Huerta De Charros

Antonio was born and raised in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico where he developed a passion for Charrería and especially for roping and rope tricks. Antonio is passionate about maintaining and passing on this tradition to the youth in Oregon and the United States that otherwise have no opportunity to experience and witness this artful tradition. Charrería is known as Mexico's national sport and it dates back to the 1500s when the Spaniards brought horses and cattle to the Americas. The sport has been recently inscribed as intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO and Antonio feels most privileged to showcase this traditional art.

Antonio nació y creció en Tapalpa, Jalisco, México, donde desarrolló una pasión por la charrería y especialmente por el uso y floreo de la soga. A Antonio le apasiona mantener y transmitir esta tradición a la juventud de Oregon y los Estados Unidos que de lo contrario no tienen la oportunidad de experimentar y presenciar esta tradición artística. La Charrería es conocida como el deporte nacional de México y se remonta a los años 1500, cuando los españoles trajeron caballos y ganado al continente americano. El deporte ha sido recientemente inscrito como patrimonio cultural de la humanidad por UNESCO y Antonio se siente privilegiado de exhibir este arte tradicional.

Atlachinollincan

(Place where there's movement over boiling water)

We are a non-profit Aztec dance group founded in November 2015

Lolita Gonzalez—Aztec Dance teacher since 2002

Yao Koatonal Saucedo—Aztec dance teacher since 1994

We have participated in many cultural and ceremonial events throughout the years and have been in active relationship with Native American groups to promote the conservation of our traditions.

Our mission is to preserve and promote traditional culture and raise awareness of the greatness of our heritage in our community. We encourage the youth in our community to stay away from drugs and alcohol and to participate more in cultural events and activities. We provide a family environment where parents and children can together learn about ancestral culture.

Atlachinollincan is currently offering (in SE Portland) the following:

  • Weekly Aztec dance classes
  • Weekly study of the Aztec/Mexika philosophy
  • Practice of the Nahuatl vocabulary and practice of traditional music and songs

The above activities help the participants to develop high self-esteem by learning about their heritage and roots, help them stay in touch with mother earth, and help to create strong family bonds.

(lugar donde hay movimiento sobre el agua quemada)

Somos un grupo no lucrativo establecido en noviembre 2015

Lolita Gonzalez—Maestra de danza desde 2002

Yao Koatonal Saucedo—Maestro de danza desde 1994

Hemos participado en varios eventos culturales y ceremonales y también mantenemos una relación activa con miembros de la comunidad Nativo America para promover juntos la conversación de nuestras tradiciones.

Nuestra misión es preservar y promover nuestra cultura. Concientizar a nuestra comunidad acerca de la grandeza de nuestros antepasados. Motivamos los jóvenes de nuestra comunidad a mantenerse alejados del alcohol y las drogas participando en eventos y actividades culturales. Proveemos un ambiente donde padres e hijos pueden aprender juntos cultura ancestral.

  • Clases semanales de danza Azteca
  • Clases semanales de el estudio de la filosofía Azteca/Mexika
  • Practica de la lengua Nahuatl y practica de cantos Tradicionales
Las actividades aquí mostradas ayudan a los participantes a desarrollar su autoestima aprendiendo acerca de nuestras raíces y nuestra herencia, nos ayuda a mantener un vínculo estrecho con nuestra madre tierra, y nos ayuda a mantener vínculos familiares mas fuertes.