Special Event     Series: Family Day

Family Day: Mexican and Central American Cultures in Oregon

Free and open to the public

Saturday, February 22, 2020
12PM – 4PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Special EventAudience(s): Family-friendly, TeachersLocation: Portland

In honor of our current exhibit, DREAMs Deferred, our quarterly Family Day will celebrate Mexican and Central American cultures in Oregon. Curated by The Immigrant Story, DREAMs Deferred uses narratives, object stories, and vivid photography to amplify the voices of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America who came to the United States as children or young adults. Learn more about the cultures of our fellow community members with regional arts and crafts and performances by Mariachi los Temerosos (1:15pm and 2:15pm) and Ollin Yolliztli Aztec Dance (3pm). Enjoy free admission to our museum exhibits, and read the powerful stories of the six DREAMers profiled in DREAMs Deferred.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

Performance Schedule

12:15pm and 1:15pm

Mariachi los Temerosos - Mariachi Music

Mariachi Los Temerosos, a Mexican-American mariachi band from Hood River, has been playing traditional music since its founding member, Juan Antonio Martinez, established the group shortly after moving in the early 1990s. Mariachi bands typically include violins, trumpets, guitars, and sometimes other instruments. Playing both popular and original selections, the musicians dress in traditional mariachi outfits special-ordered from Mexico.  Mariachi Los Temerosos was the first band of its kind in the region and continues to delight audiences at quinceañeras, weddings, social and community events, schools, senior centers, Cinco de Mayo events, and more.

Mariachi los Temerosos. Courtesy of Juan Antonio Martinez


Ollin Yolliztli - Aztec Dance

Ollin Yolliztli, translated as “Rhythm and Life” is a Danza-Azteca dance group based in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to carrying on our tradition originating in pre-colonial Mexico. Dancers wear regalia adorned with intricate symbolism that carries cultural knowledge passed-on through the generations. Every dance is a prayer, expressed through movement, representing many facets of our interwoven relationship with nature and the universe. The group is passionate about sharing their tradition of honoring the elements of life and connecting as one human family.

Ollin Yoliztli Aztec Dance. Courtesy Jose Mora