Mexico Stories

Lesson Plans: Ballet Folklorico, Universidad de Colima, Mexico

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The University of Colima’s Folkloric Ballet is a rich interpretation of Mexican expression, history, and tradition. The University’s Dance Company was founded in 1981 by artist and dancer/choreographer Rafael Zamarripa Castaneda, and has since performed around the world, on average 130+ shows a year! The…

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Sea Turtles and the Tropics: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Revisited

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There you are standing on a beach barefoot with the cool sand between your toes. Its late in the night and the only light is coming from the bright moon up above. Everything is quiet except for the low rumble of the waves rolling onto…

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Los Días de los Muertos – A Time to Remember

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Sra. Ronetta S. Bough High School Spanish Teacher, Indiana The Day of the Dead is one of the most fascinating holidays in Hispanic culture.  Los Días de los muertos, the Days of the Dead, are celebrated on November 1st and 2nd.  The pre-Hispanic holiday coincides with…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Chichen Itza, Mexico

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In the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, there is the site of an ancient Mayan civilization, called Chichen Itza. This city was built here around 750 AD, close to two cenotes (deep water-filled sinkholes), which were used for religious sacrifices . At the ruins of Chichen Itza,…

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Reflections on Mexico City

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Travel can be the wonderful antidote to misconceptions! Once upon a time, I expected Mexico City to be a big, ugly, poor, and potentially dangerous city. What I discovered was that, like any large city — Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Boston, Portland, or San Francisco —…

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Dia de los Muertos – Mexico’s Day of the Dead

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Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday in Mexican heritage, and although it’s called Day of the Dead, it is a celebration of life. It is said that from Oct 31st through November 2nd, the spirits of the dead visit their living family members….

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