June 24th at 7:00 p.m. - at the Andres Pico Adobe.
Danza Azteca, also known as a Mexica dance, is a modern mystic folk/indigenous dance tradition from Mexico based on the culture of the indigenous Aztecs and Mexica. It was brought from Mexico to the U.S. in the 1970s during the Chicano Movement. As Mexican Americans/Chicanos sought to re-connect with their history and culture, Danza Azteca provided that sense of connection with its dance rituals, drumbeats, and outfits symbolizing Aztec/Mexica culture. Daisy R. Herrera, one of our SFVHS board members, will share the history of Danza Azteca and the connection between indigenous knowledge with the history of LA: what do the outfits symbolize? What dance rituals and traditions are performed?
Daisy R. Herrera has a double Master of Arts in Latin American and Mexican American Studies from the California State University, Los Angeles and is a Ph.D. candidate in the History program at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on the Civil Rights and Chicano Movements in the San Fernando Valley. She plans on doing further research on our Adobe. Her ties to the Valley go back to the 1940s when her paternal grandfather arrived in the area as a Bracero during the Bracero Program, the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Join us for this vibrant and colorful program as we explore the intriguing culture and rituals of Danza Azteca!