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Monday, October 29, 2018

Day of the Dead Exhibit

This years exhibit was just completed in Waldo Library. The display is a collaboration between the Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is a featured event in the Real Talk Diversity Series. This year the altar honors Michael Braun, a recent past professor at WMU. It is hosted by Waldo Library to promote maximum accessibility and greater understanding of this cultural event.
This exhibit will celebrate El Día de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a multi-day celebration most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated and pre-dates the arrival of Europeans. 

Volunteers finish the installation of the altar with sand mosaic on Waldo's second floor

Observers of El Día de Los Muertos honor friends and family members who have died and offer support for their spiritual journeys. Many families set up these 'altars' in their homes as they remember important people in their lives. The first day is set aside to remember the children, and the second day is to honor the memory of adult relatives. Each year the celebration is marked by preparation of foods in honor of those relatives who have departed. 

Today, El Día de Los Muertos is acknowledged and celebrated internationally and among a range of cultures. Campus Partners: WMU Department of Spanish and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The exhibit contains a brochure with questions for viewers and is part of some WMU class visits. It is available October 27 through November 8 at the 2nd floor rotunda area. It can be seen all the hours that Waldo Library is open.