Lotería Huasteca: Woodblock Prints

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The Porcupine's Quill, Jul 30, 2015 - Art - 130 pages
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Home to an ethnically and linguistically diverse population, the Huasteca region of Eastern Mexico defies geographic and political boundaries and is instead known for its kaleidoscope of indigenous cultures rich in traditional art, music and dance.

In Lotería Huasteca, author, visual artist and musician Alec Dempster illustrates the traditions and music of the Huasteca region with a series of woodblock prints and accompanying explanatory texts that capture the style and history of the region and its people. Organized in the form of the popular household game of lotería, Dempster’s words and images provide a fascinating mix of cultural reference, music history and artwork, which together form an educational game that imparts a tantalizing taste of the vibrant and diverse world of the Huasteca.

 

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
La banda de viento
22
La casa
36
El cotorro
50
El horno
64
Glossary
123
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About the author (2015)

Alec Dempster was born in Mexico City in 1971 but moved to Toronto as a child. In 1995 he moved back to Mexico and settled in Xalapa, Veracruz, where his relief prints eventually became infused with the local tradition of son jarocho music. Alec’s conversations with rural musicians, presented along with thirty linoleum-block portraits, have been published recently as Faces and Voices of Son Jarocho. He has produced six CDs of son jarocho recorded in the field but is perhaps best known for his two lotería games—Lotería Jarocha, and Lotería Huasteca—which include over a hundred prints. He has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France and Spain. Alec now lives in Toronto. His own son jarocho group, Café Con Pan, has recorded two CDs, the most recent being Nuevos Caminos a Santiago.

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