Presentation to Cover Catrinas, Tantawawas, and Artistic Sugar Skull Painting

Posted on 10/20/2017 7:23:39 PM

Person with a sugar skull painted on her face.When one hears the term Day of the Dead, the first thought is usually Mexico.

The reality now is that the Day of the Dead is also celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States. Its related images (sugar skulls, Doña Catrina, etc.) have become part of American popular culture. While the Mexican Día de los Muertos is the most well-known of its type of celebration, it is also celebrated in other Latin American countries with names such as Día de Todos los Santos, Día de los Finados, etc.

Professor Amanda Frantz-Mamani will give a presentation on this topic on Thursday, November 2,  4:30–5:30 p.m., in room 126 of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. In her presentation, she will discuss Día de los Difuntos in Perú and the significant influence of Andean culture to illustrate the similarities and differences with the Día de los Muertos in Mexico and the United States.

Professor Amanda M. Frantz-Mamani teaches Latin American and Spanish Literature and culture, in addition to Latino/a Popular Art in the United States at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

At the same event, Beth Swope, an IUP nursing major, will provide an artistic side event, painting sugar skull faces on selected volunteers.

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