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S: The First Day of the Dead Festival at IUP 2013


3: In 2013, Indiana University of Pennsylvania celebrated its first Day of the Dead festival. Anthropology student Lisa McCann conceptualized the festival and led the Anthropology Club in organizing the biggest multicultural event on campus for the year. The festival generated an unprecedented level of participation by departments, colleges, organizations, and clubs. It fostered cross-cultural experiences for students and promoted Latin American and Latino culture both at IUP and in the Indiana community. Events during the week-long Day of the Dead festival included a scholarly lecture, an ofrenda exhibit in the University Museum, a formal gallery show of 3-D art, an exhibit of altars of student clubs and organizations, a food demonstration, a parade through the Oak Grove, and a party and costume contest in the HUB. Commemorative poster designed by Ben Walker Pyles

4: Window exhibit in Stapleton Library.

7: The week-long festival officially began when Dr. Harold Morales, a visiting scholar in the Religious Studies Department, gave a presentation on the Day of the Dead. Every seat in the lecture hall of Johnson Hall was filled.

8: The Indiana Community Garden grew Cempazúchitl for use during the Day of the Dead festival at IUP. The flowers were also used for altar building events at the community garden and at Horace Mann Elementary School. Students from CALSA (Caring About Latino Student Achievement) helped cultivate and harvest the flowers. | Buckets of freshly cut Cempazuchitl were brought to IUP's University Museum for inclusion in the exhibit of a traditional southern Mexican ofrenda. The scent of the flowers filled the museum.

12: Serving warm Atole

13: More than 130 people attended the Altars Exhibit. Student clubs and organizations set up their own altars, and visitors cast their votes for the Viewers' Choice Award.

14: As part of their cross-cultural experience, interns from IUP's Department of Food & Nutrition researched traditional foods of southern Mexico. Atole, Turkey Tamales, and Calabaza en Tacha were made from scratch. Visitors enjoyed sampling the foods. The S.A.N.D. Club made and sold sugar skull cookies.

17: The Student Art Association held a formal exhibit of 3-D art in the Miller Gallery. Students hand cast skulls which were then painted and embellished. Poster designed by the Student Art Association

21: The band consisted of a tuba, trumpet, two trombone, and two saxophone musicians.

22: The parade as people proceeded along the Oak Grove toward McElhaney Hall | Students in the parade march past the Anthropology Department offices | Forty-five people participated in the parade, including six student musicians.

23: The parade continued up Pratt Drive, past Wallwork Hall. It concluded at the HUB, where the Day of the Dead party and costume contest was held.

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