Events

 

Oct 30, 2020: Sonora's Spirit: Bacanora

10/30/2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
Suggested Donation: $10

Have you ever heard of or tasted Bacanora? Take part in this special forum where we will discuss all things Bacanora, the distilled agave spirit with a denomination of origin status in Sonora. With invited guest Eduardo Miranda of the internationally award-winning Real de Alamos and Fariseos Bacanora, we'll take a look at the history, ecology, and the production of this mescal which many consider the distilled essence of the northwestern Mexican state. This will be followed by a question and answer session for all participants.
Link to Zoom and accompanying videos will be provided via email the day prior to the event.

Nov 6, 2020: O'odham Pilgrimages to Magdalena

11/06/2020 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM GMT-07:00
Since time immemorial, O'odham have traversed their ancestral homelands. Today, with traditional O'odham territory divided in half by the US-Mexico Border, many pilgrims from the Tohono O'odham Nation must cross this increasingly militarized international boundary in order to return to their ancestral lands in Mexico. Now, in the face of a global pandemic, O'odham are adapting the pilgrimage to Magdalena in ways that are both innovative and familiar.

This presentation will explore some of the richness of O'odham traditions based on personal participation and insights as a participant observer. Seth Schermerhorn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the American Studies Program at Hamilton College, New York, and author of the book Walking to Magdalena: Personhood and Place in Tohono O'odham Songs, Sticks, and Stories (University of Nebraska press, 2019).

Book link: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9781496206855/

Dr. Schermerhorn completed his doctorate at Arizona State University based on extensive field research with the Tohono O'odham Nation, including walking with tribal members five times on the annual journey.

Link to the event will be sent the day prior to the event via email with RSVP.

$10 suggested donation.

Jan 15-22, 2021 Oaxaca Tour-DEPOSIT

01/15/2021 - 01/22/2021
BCA is pleased to offer this exclusive tour in response to an invitation from Smithsonian textile artist,Porfirio Gutierrez (see his letter below). As his guests, we'll be given an insider's look at Oaxaca, its culture, cuisine and people. Together we'll visit his studio, learn about natural dye rug making, visit cultural sites like Mitla, and enjoy some great food. We'll be amazed by the beautiful architecture such as the Santo Domingo Plaza,and talk to women artisans in embroidery, alebrijes and black clay pottery. Price includes ground transportation, lodging and most of your meals. One participant from last year's tour wrote, "This is the best tour I've ever been on." Oaxaca has a magic all its own and this is a great way to experience it.

Sample Itinerary: After arriving in Oaxaca, you'll be met at the airport by tour guides who will escort you to your hotel to settle in. The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a pleasant walk to discover the Centro Historico, the Zocalo and the charm of the Santo Domingo Plaza. We'll have a long and hearty lunch nearby with the late afternoon free for exploring museums, galleries or shops full of wonderful things.

The next day we travel together to Porfirio Gutierrez' home studio where we meet his family who will take us through a demonstration of natural dye techniques. Everyone gets a chance to participate in making traditional Oaxacan tamales for lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Days four, five and six in Oaxaca include other ventures exploring the culture, the environment, and the studios of those who practice sustainable craft traditions. We'll have a chance to interact in an intimate way with the artists and their families of Zapotec culture.
Day seven is your chance to explore on your own. Guides can arrange for you to visit Monte Alban or other sites before returning to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Departure the next day, with transport to the airport arranged by your guide.
Group size: limited to twelve, including BCA host.

Cost; $2800 (BCA Members) and $2900 (nonmembers). A deposit of $1000 will hold your spot; fully refundable before Oct 1, 2020, when the balance is due. Cancellation after Oct.. 1, 2020: No refund unless there is a waiting list and your place on the trip can be filled. In this case, a $200 administration cancellation fee will apply.

Fee does not include airfare.

We encourage guests to consider purchasing traveler's insurance. A wide variety of insurance options are available (medical, cancel for any reason, lost luggage, etc). All guests will be asked to sign a release form and complete an Emergency Medical Contact form before departure.

An Invitation from Porfirio Gutierrez:
When I invite our guests to join us in Oaxaca, I am sharing my family’s home, traditions, history, and our deep love for our Zapotec culture. We offer a very unique perspective, one that our guests can appreciate immediately when they arrive in Oaxaca. We meet person-to-person with members of our community, we hear their voices and share their stories. Through artisan workshop visits and home cooked meals we’ll meet the people who are the soul of Oaxaca.

We are proud to be the leading indigenous travel program to come from Teotitlan del Valle, and we have the added distinction of being recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times, and the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. My family and I were the first Zapotec weavers to have a solo exhibition in Oaxaca’s Textile Museum and we have contributed our unique artist materials to the Forbes Pigment Collection, the world-renowned collection of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum.

Oaxaca is a land of tradition, ancient arts, creativity and change. The capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with old Spanish churches and solid stone buildings, yet it hosts a thriving contemporary art scene and is home to wonderfully innovative projects that connect traditional ways with the modern world. The villages of the Central Valleys are deeply rooted ancient Zapotec communities. Our ancestors were one of the first to cultivate corn and may have created the first written language of the Americas thousands of years ago. In this trip you will focus on one of the region’s most important villages, Teotitlán del Valle, and explore the connections which bind it to the rest of the communities in the region. Our exclusive travel program offers a taste of the ancient and contemporary, the seemingly permanent and the dynamically changing. Our hosts, my family, will introduuce us to ancient rituals inherited through generations and demonstrate how our work speaks to modern times. And with visits to places like the Oaxacan Textile Musem and San Agustin Arts Center we’ll get a taste of the cutting edge pulse of this ancient place. ~ Porfirio Gutíerrez

Feb 5-12, 2021 Oaxaca Tour-DEPOSIT

02/05/2021 - 02/12/2021
BCA is pleased to offer this exclusive tour in response to an invitation from Smithsonian textile artist, Porfirio Gutiérrez (see his letter below). As his guests, we'll be given an insider's look at Oaxaca, its culture, cuisine and people. Together we'll visit his studio, learn about natural dye rug making, visit cultural sites like Mitla, and enjoy some great food. We'll be amazed by the beautiful architecture such as the Santo Domingo Plaza,and talk to women artisans in embroidery, alebrijes and black clay pottery. Price includes ground transportation, lodging and most of your meals. One participant from last year's tour wrote, "This is the best tour I've ever been on." Oaxaca has a magic all its own and this is a great way to experience it.


Sample Itinerary: After arriving in Oaxaca, you'll be met at the airport by tour guides who will escort you to your hotel to settle in. The next day, after breakfast at the hotel, we'll take a pleasant walk to discover the Centro Historico, the Zocalo and the charm of the Santo Domingo Plaza. We'll have a long and hearty lunch nearby with the late afternoon free for exploring museums, galleries or shops full of wonderful things.

The next day we travel together to Porfirio Gutierrez' home studio where we meet his family who will take us through a demonstration of natural dye techniques. Everyone gets a chance to participate in making traditional Oaxacan tamales for lunch before heading back to the hotel.

Days four, five and six in Oaxaca include other ventures exploring the culture, the environment, and the studios of those who practice sustainable craft traditions. We'll have a chance to interact in an intimate way with the artists and their families of Zapotec culture.

Day seven is your chance to explore on your own. Guides can arrange for you to visit Monte Alban or other sites before returning to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Departure the next day, with transport to the airport arranged by your guide.
Group size: limited to twelve, including BCA host.

Cost; $2800 (BCA Members) and $2900 (nonmembers). A deposit of $1000 will hold your spot; fully refundable before Nov 1, 2020, when the balance is due. Cancellation after Nov. 1, 2020: No refund unless there is a waiting list and your place on the trip can be filled. In this case, a $200 administration cancellation fee will apply.

Fee does not include airfare.

We encourage guests to consider purchasing traveler's insurance. A wide variety of insurance options are available (medical, cancel for any reason, lost luggage, etc). All guests will be asked to sign a release form and complete an Emergency Medical Contact form before departure.

An Invitation from Porfirio Gutierrez:
When I invite our guests to join us in Oaxaca, I am sharing my family’s home, traditions, history, and our deep love for our Zapotec culture. We offer a very unique perspective, one that our guests can appreciate immediately when they arrive in Oaxaca. We meet person-to-person with members of our community, we hear their voices and share their stories. Through artisan workshop visits and home cooked meals we’ll meet the people who are the soul of Oaxaca.

We are proud to be the leading indigenous travel program to come from Teotitlan del Valle, and we have the added distinction of being recognized by the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the New York Times, and the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe. My family and I were the first Zapotec weavers to have a solo exhibition in Oaxaca’s Textile Museum and we have contributed our unique artist materials to the Forbes Pigment Collection, the world-renowned collection of Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum.

Oaxaca is a land of tradition, ancient arts, creativity and change. The capital, Oaxaca de Juárez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with old Spanish churches and solid stone buildings, yet it hosts a thriving contemporary art scene and is home to wonderfully innovative projects that connect traditional ways with the modern world. The villages of the Central Valleys are deeply rooted ancient Zapotec communities. Our ancestors were one of the first to cultivate corn and may have created the first written language of the Americas thousands of years ago. In this trip you will focus on one of the region’s most important villages, Teotitlán del Valle, and explore the connections which bind it to the rest of the communities in the region. Our exclusive travel program offers a taste of the ancient and contemporary, the seemingly permanent and the dynamically changing. Our hosts, my family, will introduuce us to ancient rituals inherited through generations and demonstrate how our work speaks to modern times. And with visits to places like the Oaxacan Textile Musem and San Agustin Arts Center we’ll get a taste of the cutting edge pulse of this ancient place. ~ Porfirio Gutíerrez

Oct 1 - Nov 12, 2020: Let's Speak Spanish THURSDAYS

10/01/2020 10:00 AM - 11/12/2020 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
Orientation Class: Thursday, October 1
Each Thursday, October 8, through November 12
Class Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Arizona Time*
Let’s Speak Spanish is a learning experience designed for adults who would like to interact more with Spanish speakers and learn more about the unique culture we all share here in the Borderlands. The program is especially targeted toward beginning learners who either have little experience with Spanish or had studied the language years ago. Through the use of small group breakouts, we are able to match learners with experienced facilitators who can help everyone gain new speaking and listening skills.
This fall’s program will run for seven weeks, with a 90-minute session scheduled each week. This first session, which will be held the last week of September, will serve as an orientation to the program to help everyone prepare for the following six weekly class sessions. The weekly class sessions will then start the first week of October and end the second week of November. All classes, including the initial orientation session will meet either on Tuesdays or Thursdays in accordance with the following schedule:
Orientation Class: Tuesday, September 29, or Thursday, October 1
Tuesday Class: Each Tuesday, October 6, through November 10
Thursday Class: Each Thursday, October 8, through November 12
Class Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Arizona Time*
*For the orientation and the October classes, Arizona Time will be Pacific Daylight Time, which is 3 hours behind Eastern Daylight Time. Starting with the November 3 classes, Arizona Time will be Mountain Standard Time, which is 2 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
In order to provide attention and feedback to all participants, each virtual class session will be limited to 24 attendees. All necessary materials for the class will be posted online for download prior to the start of the program. The registration fee for the program will be $60, which will help defray the cost of material development as well as a small honorarium for facilitators.
If you would like to start learning a little Spanish or work on your previous skills, Let’s Speak Spanish may be the program for you. To learn more about the program prior to the registering, you can review all class materials posted on this website: www.tegnos.org And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the program coordinator, Jim Hoff, at jhoff@tegnos.org.

Sep 29 - Nov 10, 2020: Let's Speak Spanish TUESDAYS

09/29/2020 10:00 AM - 11/12/2020 11:30 AM GMT-07:00
Orientation Class: Tuesday, September 29
Each Tuesday, October 6, through November 10
Class Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Arizona Time*
Let’s Speak Spanish is a learning experience designed for adults who would like to interact more with Spanish speakers and learn more about the unique culture we all share here in the Borderlands. The program is especially targeted toward beginning learners who either have little experience with Spanish or had studied the language years ago. Through the use of small group breakouts, we are able to match learners with experienced facilitators who can help everyone gain new speaking and listening skills.
This fall’s program will run for seven weeks, with a 90-minute session scheduled each week. This first session, which will be held the last week of September, will serve as an orientation to the program to help everyone prepare for the following six weekly class sessions. The weekly class sessions will then start the first week of October and end the second week of November. All classes, including the initial orientation session will meet either on Tuesdays or Thursdays in accordance with the following schedule:
Orientation Class: Tuesday, September 29, or Thursday, October 1
Tuesday Class: Each Tuesday, October 6, through November 10
Thursday Class: Each Thursday, October 8, through November 12
Class Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Arizona Time*
*For the orientation and the October classes, Arizona Time will be Pacific Daylight Time, which is 3 hours behind Eastern Daylight Time. Starting with the November 3 classes, Arizona Time will be Mountain Standard Time, which is 2 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
In order to provide attention and feedback to all participants, each virtual class session will be limited to 24 attendees. All necessary materials for the class will be posted online for download prior to the start of the program. The registration fee for the program will be $60, which will help defray the cost of material development as well as a small honorarium for facilitators.
If you would like to start learning a little Spanish or work on your previous skills, Let’s Speak Spanish may be the program for you. To learn more about the program prior to the registering, you can review all class materials posted on this website: www.tegnos.org And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email the program coordinator, Jim Hoff, at jhoff@tegnos.org.
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