Dia De Los Muertos

Idaho Pioneer Celebrated On Dia De Los Muertos

Nov 2, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Today is the Day of the Dead, the Mexican festival celebrating the souls of dead relatives and friends. In Boise, a unique gathering will honor the life of one little known Idaho pioneer.

Jesus Urquides was a Mexican-American mule packer in the late 1800's. Ana Maria Schachtell is a member of the Friends of Jesus Urquides, a group dedicated to telling the history this mule packer and entrepreneur. She has visited his grave every year for Dia De Los Muertos.  

Dia De Los Muertos Exhibit Blends Old & New Traditions

Nov 1, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate the dead and the living together. Traditional festivities in Mexico and Central America honor the soul's of relatives, with the belief that the dead's souls return for a day to eat, drink and celebrate with the living.

The Idaho Historical Museum is hosting a two week long Dia De Los Muertos exhibit. Today's First Thursday art event will include an open house. Off Center Dance Company will also perform a Day of the Dead dance at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.