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Craft in America
Ofelia Esparza Day of the Dead altar


In this lesson, students will view Día de los Muertos observances in East Los Angeles and in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, and examine the artistic traditions and the translations within and between the celebrations. Students will look within their own communities and consider the varied ways that loved ones are memorialized. In studio work, students will choose a subject and create a memorial assemblage with that subject as the theme.

Grade level: 9-12

Episode: BORDERS


Download the Lesson Guide in PDF format HERE to get started in your classroom.

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BORDERS explores the connections between Mexico and the United States through craft

Rosanna Esparza Ahrens & Denise Esparza on Diá de los Muertos altars

Craig Johnson & Armando Espinosa Prieto on the Vasquez family's Day of the Dead altar

Teotitlan del Valle local Riguel Montaño on Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca