Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Over 400 people participated in SoulFiesta



Collaborating with Luther Place Memorial Church, N Street Village, and the families from Thompson Elementary we found new ways to share and understand our cultures and heritage through art, food, and music.  For some of us at the Norwood Cooperative, we learned how to do the electric slide or cumbia dancing.  SoulFiesta allowed us to celebrate our presence in the community in spite of expansive gentrification along the 14th Street corridor.  (See photos

 Community Tamalada (See photos)

The night before the event we got together to make 350 tamales and prepare barbeque chicken. Because tamales vary according to the region and country, we decided to make 100 from Guatemala, 100 from Mexico, 100 from El Salvador, and 50 veggie. While we made the tamales, we enjoyed eating home made Puerto Rican pastelitos.


Making the Mayan Mosaic (alfombra de aserrĂ­n)  (See photos)

Mayan artist David Lopez Escalante worked with a teams of volunteers from 7am to 3pm to make the 8 x 15 foot mosaic.

The mosaic was divided into three sections. The top section features a Mayan woman grinding corn. The middle section depicts a Korean couple in traditional Korean dress called Hanbok and holding a kimchi jar. The bottom part represents a boy and girl from West Africa.


The mosaic was on display inside the Luther Place Memorial Church sanctuary.

The white designs are made of rice and salt while the hair is made from dirt. The majority of the design is made of colored sawdust. The dyes are shipped from Guatemala.  The mosaic border mirrors the altar designs in the sanctuary.

Following Mayan tradition, the mosaic was taken down less than 20 hours after it was made. Mayan mosaics represent the constant change we see in nature in which even the most beautiful flowers bloom for a short period of time. 

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