This photo shows a Peruvian mummy and was taken by Maggie Tchir

Discussing the Day of the Dead

Join Maggie Tchir, an art and cultural historian, will present an engaging view on death and mourning practices worldwide on November 1.

Kaslo’s popular Café Langham – Inspired Ideas Speaker Series has two more talks before the end of the 2014 season with Day of the Dead with Maggie Tchir on November 1 and Off the Edge of the Map with John Pollack on November 27.

Join Tchir, an art and cultural historian, artist, educator, world traveler, and current executive director of the Langham Cultural Society, for an engaging view on death and mourning practices worldwide on November 1 at 7 p.m.

She will highlight the celebrated Day of the Dead in Mexico. Other topics will include early Meso-American practices from the Andes, Tibetan and American Aboriginal belief systems, and the Victorian fashion of wearing commemorative hair jewelry, known as memento mori.

Tchir will also examine some of the alternative mourning practices today and reach back to antiquity for examples of fascinating examples of early human practices.

Her field studies in world textiles in aboriginal societies in Meso-America, the American Southwest, Peru, India and Nepal, Tibet and China, and old Europe, have all fuelled her passion over the past 40 years to explore relationships to each other and the ways we, as humans, honour life and death around the world and throughout time.

There is a donation at the door and youth are free with a fine line of baked goods.

Beginning May 2015 the series will begin anew with a new slate of speakers and topics.

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