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Oaxacan Altar - Photo by Natasha Dworkin Celebrations in Oaxaca
In Oaxaca, there are city-wide competitions for the best altars. Calaveras - humorous poetic verses illustrated with skeleton drawings - are published to poke fun at friends and satirize public figures. Dances and religious services continue through November 2, All Souls' Day, after which the spirits return to the afterworld. Many Mexicans living in the United States continue to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The Burke exhibit includes a traditional-style altar from Oaxaca and a Latino altar from Seattle.

La Ofrenda - An Artwork of Welcome
Ofrendas (offerings) are family altars created each October 31st in memory and honor of deceased family members. Each altar is unique. Customary ways to make altars vary by region, but all have photographs of the deceased.

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