City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Remembrance of Tejanos buried at Oakwood Cemetery
Oakwood Chapel presents “Caminar,” an exhibit with events from Dec. 21, 2019 – March 18, 2020.
Visitors have an opportunity as they walk through Oakwood Cemetery to reflect on the history and culture of Austin’s early Mexican-American community during the times of legally enforced segregation.
Events include a ceremonial dance, storytelling, film, performance and a musical procession to enhance a digital map of burial sites.
“Caminar” will help illustrate how, due to racism, many of Austin’s Tejano families were only allowed to be buried on the edge of the cemetery.
Dec. 21, 2019 at 2 p.m.
- Danza Azteca “Blessings of the Four Corners” ceremony and dance, followed by processional walk around Oakwood Cemetery with a remembrance of Mexican-Americans’ names read aloud, plus screening of Nohbords’ “Solsticio” film in Chapel
Feb. 1, 2020 at 2 p.m.
- Tamalada storytelling by Mary Jane Aranda and tamale making performance for Día de la Candelaria
March 7, 2020 at 9 a.m.
- “El Sacrificio” will include a traditional music procession by Robert Ojeda and the Bronze Band
March 7, 2020 at Noon
- Action of remembrance by Francisco Gonzalez, to be followed by screenings of films “Hundiré en el jardín mis manos” by Mayra Silva and “Building the American Dream” by Chelsea Hernandez
“Caminar” content producers include the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin, Projecto, and the Austin History Center.