This web site is about our experience with the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, www.mexfoldanco.org  from its founding in 1982 and the years before the founding.  It is now dedicated to my late wife Juanita; we talked about marriage at age 12, married at 21 and had a wonderful 61years, 2 months and 6 days together. She was my  inspiration for all that we did together.            

                                She is in Heaven.               12-29-1932 -- 05-16-2015.          I miss her                                                                                   This is her obituary:   








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. 
















Another reason for this discourse is that I do not want the history of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago lost if ever it disbands. Many organizations that went out of existance have been forgotten as if they never existed at all because they never thought to record their histories. Some may have had web sites but the sites were eventually deleted from the web because they were not cared for and the annual fees were not paid.                             I hope to establish an account that will automatically pay the annual fee for this site. If anyone wishes to help, send me a couple bucks. Call me at 773-247-1522 or e mail me at mexfolroa@ameritech.net       Thanks.                                                                                                                                                           


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 PDF links below.

The Mexican dance repertoire includes, pre-Columbian 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 before changes and additions were made to the original image.


Spanish text below the picture says it. The text is enlarged on page 7 in the paper below.


And the image appeared horizontally on the ayate because it is too tall to have appeared verically on the ayate.


This is explained in the paper, below, by Henry A. Roa


View the paper at the three PDF links below.


I do not wish to disabuse the way Mary is venerated. That will never change.


I just want to inform of what I have learned since Padre Jose de la Luz Silva's 1984 strong homily on the subject.


The late Chicago Cardinal George and the the present Cardinal Cupich both thanked me for 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.

Our Lady of Tepeyac pgs 1 to 3
Paper on Our Lady of Tepeyac. By Henry A. Roa
OLT DEC 2018 pg 1 to 3.pdf
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Our Lady of Tepeyac pgs 4 to 6
Paper on Our Lady of Tepeyac. By Henry A. Roa
OLT DEC 2018 pg 4 to 6.pdf
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Our Lady of Tepeyac pgs 7 to 10
Paper on Our Lady of Tepeyac. By Henry A. Roa
OLT DEC 2018 pg 7 to 10.pdf
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