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“Journey to the Fiesta of Guadalupe in the Town of Guadalupe, Arizona”

December 12, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Image of the Virgen de Guadalupe: Beaterío de la Santísima Trinidad. Sevilla, Andalucía, España, 1748 (www.commons.wikipedia.org)

CANCELLED – On Saturday, December 12, 2020, join Old Pueblo Archaeology Center for a “Journey to the Fiesta of Guadalupe in the Town of Guadalupe, Arizona,” guided by Felipe S. Molina. Tour group will meet at 11:00 a.m. at Burger King Restaurant in Groves Power Center, 1220 W. Elliot Rd., Tempe, Arizona, just east of I-10 Exit 157. A Tucson caravan will depart for Tempe at 9:30 a.m. from the Sam’s Furniture Outlet parking lot at 2020 W. Prince Rd., just east of I-10 Exit 254. The tour will end at 4:00 p.m. or later depending on how late participants with vehicles wish to stay. A $50 donation ($40 for Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum members) helps cover Old Pueblo’s tour expenses and supports its education programs about archaeology and traditional cultures; donation does not include meals or lodging.

The Fiesta of Guadalupe, celebrated by members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Arizona (and a national holiday in Mexico), is always on December 12th. It marks an appearance of the Virgin Mary to a young indigenous man in Mexico on December 12, 1531. Old Pueblo Archaeology Center offers this special outing with Yoeme (Yaqui Indian) traditional culture specialist Felipe S. Molina to attend the Town of Guadalupe’s December 12 fiesta honoring its namesake. Participants in this Old Pueblo event may either ride in a car caravan from Tucson to the Town of Guadalupe, or to meet at a Burger King in Tempe just south of Guadalupe. At the Burger King, Felipe will give an orientation before we all drive in a caravan to a parking area in the Town, then walk to see the fiesta procession enter Guadalupe plaza. Following the procession we will split our group into two or more subgroups that will each watch the activities from different vantage points, then in the afternoon our group will reassemble to compare what everyone has seen from the various observation points, and Felipe will provide further interpretation of some of the things going on at the fiesta. People can either bring their lunches or buy food from vendors in the plaza. The tour officially ends after the regrouping and interpretation discussion but participants may choose to stay and watch the evening festivities or to go home (not necessarily in a caravan) after the group discussion.

Donations are due 10 days after reservation request or by 5 p.m. Wednesday December 9, whichever is earlier: 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

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December 12, 2020
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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