Singers Present Traditional Songs for Izcalli.org
By Roy Cook
Meza Cuero was invited by Macedonio Arteaga Jr. to participate at the
Jacob Center in South East SD. The Jacobs center is a community complex
at 404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114. Jon accepted the singing commitment
this Sunday 4/15/12 from mid-morning till done. Jon and his helpers: Ben
Nance, Henry Mendibles and Roy Cook, opened and closed the blessing of
the innocents ceremony with Kumeyaay Wildcat songs.
As Izacalli.org Director, Macedonio stated, We need to keep the
intention of what is being done in focus. Much of what is being
done is under the auspices of ceremonial leader "Indio" from
New Pascua. This is a Yaqui community near Tucson, AZ. The "padrino"
or compadre tradition has been very strong in the Hispanic communities
throughout the greater South west. There are indigenous overtones at the
heart of the tradition. The child's uncles and aunts assume the strong
guiding role and responsibilities for the shaping of the child's character
values and skills. This, in essence is the tenor of the speaker, Maestro
Jerry Telle. He was from Texas originally and identified with the Wawitecan
of that area.
Additionally, there was a large drum and a singing group that added to
the ceremonial occasion. Also, there was a blessing water ceremony and
copal to bless the parents, padrinos and the children. There were eagle
feather ties for the hair of the children with lessons on the care and
preservation of the talisman.
the ceremony, during which photography was requested to be suspended and
cell phones turned off, the officials had gifts and excellent food to
be enjoyed by the attendees. All in all this was a fine day with the best
of intentions for all to enjoy, Gracias, Aho and Mehan.