On December 9, 2017 we were honored as the inaugral recipients of the "Keepers of Culture" award for our lifetime contributions to Mexican arts and culture. Initially I was to be the awardee however I requested that my late wife should be recognized too because she was the integral part of everything I accomplished just as I was the integral part of everything she did.
View this touching video, of our life, that was shown at the gala.
This site also serves as a vehicle to present my paper on Our Lady of Tepeyac (Guadalupe as she is universally known). View it in the brochure links below.
The Mexican dance repertoire includes, pre-Columbian and pre-Cortez, religious dancing to honor the pantheon of gods. One is Tonantzin (Our Sacred mother . . . Venerable Mother . . . Earth Mother).
Her temple at the hill of Tepeyac was destroyed by the Spaniards. When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego and his uncle Juan Bernardino, a church was built at the site and the natives adopted her as the new Tonantzin because one of the things she told Saint Juan Diego was "Am I not your mother?"
But the Spaniards, through a misinterpretation of Juan Bernardino's account of Mary's apperition, called her Guadalupe after their Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Spain. However many of the indigenous still refer to Mary as Tonantzin or Tequantlaxopeuh. This picture is one of several versions of Tonantzin.
This is what Mary actually looked like on Saint Juan Diego's ayate blanket.
And her image appeared horizontally because it is too tall to have appeared verically on the ayate.
This is explained in the paper.
Open each PDF document then click on "Download PDF" to enlarge the text.
There are 3, 3 and 4 pages respectively in each document for a total of 10 pages.