An update from Anne, a graduate student in history with a focus on the U.S. Southwest and Mexico who is doing research on Indian history:

Jan3-1.jpg Today, we learned the techniques involved in the creation of papier-mache at the museum in San Bartolo.

In order to participate in the Calenda in Oaxaca City, we first needed to make larger-than-life puppets for the two guys of the group, Drew and Daniel, to wear.

Jan3-2.jpg Although our attempts were messy, to say the least, we really enjoyed contributing to the process, each in our own way. Some really got into it, such as Meaghan, Rachel, and Leslie. Surprisingly, ours turned out really good. Drew applied paint to give the impression of skin tone and propped it up to let it dry for a couple of days.

Creating papier-mache puppets is a tradition that stretches back generations. They are used for the Calenda, which is the day the three kings bring presents to the children of Mexico, a continuation of their Christmas celebration.

Today was a lot of fun, and again, I will let the photos speak for themselves.