Valle de Atrisco, Albuquerque
May 18, 2013
(Photos by Claude Stephenson)
We meet at the San Ysidro Carousel on the corner of Isleta and Arenal.
San Ysidro changes hands from the 2012 padrinos (Fidel and I!) to the 2013 padrinos, Lorenzo Candelaria and Dora Pacías.
Isleta Pueblo clan elder Joe Lucero and Mexica dancer (Aztec dancer) Andrea López look on as San Ysidro's image changes hands.
The procession starts, led by Valle de Atrisco activist and leader James Maestas. Behind him walk Deacon Leroy Sánchez and Deacon Joseph Segura.
Then walk Joe Lucero and Phil Moore (Diné/Navajo). Then come the danzantes (Mexica dancers).
The procession makes it way down López Road toward Sánchez Farm.
Then we walk next to the acequia at Sánchez Farm.
Padrino Lorenzo Candelaria and madrina Dora Pacías carry San Ysidro. Their Tía walks with them.
Danza along the acequia.
Alex plays the drum (featuring a little San Ysidro estampita) as grandma Elva pushes the stroller.
Flower petals for San Ysidro and the acequia.
Children scatter the petals over the acequia.
The procession stops by the acequia for blessings.
Joe Lucero sings and gives a blessing.
This photo of the padrinos is gorgeous beyond words.
Joe Lucero blesses the seeds. The rest of us are grateful and look on.
Fidel drums, San Ysidro listens.
Andrea kneels before the altar, Julie and Ambar's skirts flutter.
Baby boy and I watch the danza from the shade.
Baby boy gets hungry. I wrap him up in my shawl and feed him.
We leave behind prayers and flower petals.
¡Viva San Ysidro! ¡Viva Tlaloc!