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Danza de Matachines
December 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Please join us for a community discussion on the history of the folk tradition of Danza de Matachines on December 12th at 6:00 PM! Featuring Dr. Norma Cantu and the families of the Matachines de la Santa Cruz de la Ladrillera of Laredo. Streaming Live on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/EsperanzaCenter
The Matachines are a ritual folk tradition that emerged in 17th century Spain and was imported into Latin America, where it merged with indigenous traditions and has been continued for at least 200 years. In northern Mexico and Texas we find los matachines “de la flecha” carry a stylized bow and arrow and a maraca, a rattle. Troupes throughout Mexico, Texas and across the United States dance for 9 days prior to December 11, culminating in an all-night vigil or at least hours-long dancing on the 11th for the Virgen de Guadalupe. Los Matachines de la Santa Cruz de la Ladrillera received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2020. The group traces its origins to the 1800s to a mining area in Central Mexico, and then to Las Minas along the US-Mexico border, before establishing the tradition in Laredo in the early 20th century.