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Sugar molds in the shape of
skulls, a bottle of Soho soda, and a
letter addressed to "Grandma
Carmien" are a few of the items
that have transformed the American
Culture Office into a shrine for the
Yesterday and today are, accord-
ing to Mexican tradition, designated
the "Days of the Dead" - a time to
honor one's deceased friends and rel-
In recognition of the tradition,
Prof. Sandra Cisneros' American
Culture class, which explores is-
sues related to women of Mexican
ancestry, has constructed an altar
and placed on it items to remember
their friends and relatives.
"The custom dates back to pre-
Columbian times and was all but
abandoned on this side of the border
until contemporary Chicano artists
reclaimed the image of the dead as a
way to convey ideas," Cisneros
In Mexico, altars are dedicated in
homes and cemeteries, and might
include photos of the deceased, per-
sonal items, religious icons, or fa-
Though the Days of the Dead
celebration occurs shortly after Hal-
loween, the festivities do not carry-
the gruesome tone that the Ameri-
can holiday does.
"The Days of the Dead is almost
a play and acknowledgement of
death..." Cisneros explained. "It's
different than the American con-
"The students' response has been
really positive," said Linda Eggert,
administrative assistant for the Pro-
gram of American Culture. "They
think it's nice to have something
tangible like this that brings the
culture to life, as opposed to just
Students in the American Culture class erected an altar honoring the
"Day of the Dead", a traditional Mexican holiday. Students can visit the
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talking about it."
Cisneros said her class has used
the altar to make a political state-
"For one thing, we departed
from the traditional space of home
and placed the altar in public. We
also dedicated it to our women
in 4Uu iviasuit ni.
ancestors - both spiritual and
blood - who have inspired us to,
reinvent ourselves, since the course
is focusing on women," Cisneros
Instead of being built by a fam-
ily, "the altar was a collective effort
of the class," she added.
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one's environment, and we all need
to come together to save it."
Shereen Rothman, a Rackham
graduate student in environmental
education, urged students to extend
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"It is easy to recycle a few cans
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grated waste management illustrated
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