Capula, in Michoacan, high in the mountains around Lake Patzcuaro, is the artistic center for Dia de Muertos. Sunday was the premier of Feria Artesanal de la Catrina, The Calacas of Capula 2011.
This pueblo, halfway between Morelia and Patzcuaro, has long been known for their Day of the Dead "Catrina Dolls." They make the best. The first annual Catrina Festival opened last Sunday, October 23, and will remain open through Dia de Muertos, until November 2, 2011.
We tasted treats from the food court, with indigenous cooks making Tarascan specialties like carnitas, corundas and uchepos, the sweet “pink” tamales. For dessert, we devoured the famous chongos zamoranos, from Zamora. Yum!
We viewed the exhibits of many Capula artists, with booths set-up on the main street into town. There is a special exhibition of local artists, including Antiguo Xenguaro, with his famous skeletons and artist Juan Torres with his catrinas of inspiration.
As you are walking the Festival, continue past the Festival to the Crafts Co-Op, a gallery of the best of Capula's crafts.
On the way out of town, turn left towards the cemetery. Cleaning and decorating has already started. Don't miss the Alfareria Capula, the beautiful Talavera tile workshop, in front of the cemetery and the gallery of Juan Torres, to the right of the cemetery.
Remember to eat the skulls of the living and the bread of the dead.
Saludos de Patzcuaro mágico, David
The Michoacan Net
Supporting the Arts in Michoacan