Traditional artist to teach Mexican folk art workshop

Traditional artitst Eva Castellanos works on a corona, a flower crown used in weddings and celebrations. Submitted photo

A workshop about "Mexican Folk Traditions" will be taught by Eva Castellanoz Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1-3 p.m. during Culture Day at Fishtrap at the Coffin House in Enterprise.

Castellanoz, a traditional artist and curandera (healer), will demonstrate a variety of art forms, including Day of the Dead altars and paper flowers. She will also show how to make coronas, the floral crowns used in weddings and quinceaneras (a girl's 15th birthday and coming of age celebration). She won a 1988 National Heritage Award for her work with coronas.

The artist was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, to an Aztec father and Otomi mother. Raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, she came to Eastern Oregon as a young wife and mother, raising her nine children in Nyssa.

She learned traditional healing from her mother, who was also a curandera, and various fold arts from Mexican street artists.

Also on the Culture Day agenda from 10 a.m.-noon will be a workshop by Shoshone-Bannock storyteller Ed Edmo. His class is titled "Using Stories to Teach Northwest Tribal Culture."

Edmo is an experienced, highly entertaining storyteller who will share his stories, craft and insights to explore the workshop topic. He is also a poet and playwright who has worked with the Tears of Joy Puppet Theater, the Oregon Historical Society and the Oregon Council for the Humanities.

Edmo serves as a consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. In addition to his morning workshop, he will deliver a Chautauqua lecture about tribal trade in the Northwest Saturday evening at the Wallowa Band Nez Perce interpretive center in Wallowa.

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