Smithsonian Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos 2D and 3D resources and immersive experiences!
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Join us…in celebrating and exploring Latino cultural heritage through this holiday for honoring the dead and the cycle of life and death. Learn different aspects of Día de los Muertos and how it is celebrated and practiced.


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. These customs shaped the common elements of traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos. Today, Day of the Dead has been increasingly popular with Latinos in the United States. Though many of the traditional elements have remained how and where Day of the Dead is celebrated has changed.


JOIN US FOR 2016 SLC Day of the Dead Celebration, Resources and Online Experiences
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NMAI Family Festival!
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iTunes U eCourse
Accessible only on iTunes U. An explanation and celebration of Latino cultural heritage through honoring the cycle of life and death. Students use transmedia resources to explore the practices of Día de Los Muertos and discover their personal connections to traditions and beliefs.


Day of the Dead interactive iBook
Now available for download through iTunes U, the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Día de los Muertos Interactive iBook.


¡Chequea Esto! Animation Short
Learn about the tradition and cultural practice for honoring our ancestors through the animated stories from a rumbustious teenager named Florentina and her encounters with her wise Abuelita. Featured digital collections and scholarship courtesy of the Smithsonian Latino Center.


Interactive Altar
Learn about the tradition and cultural practice for honoring our ancestors through the animated stories from a rumbustious teenager named Florentina and her encounters with her wise Abuelita. Featured digital collections and scholarship courtesy of the Smithsonian Latino Center.


Teatro de la Calaca
Artist Cesar Ivan's Teatro de la Calaca presented by Mouthfeel Press


Hollywood Forever
Highlights from Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Dia de los Muertos Festival 2012

Google's Cultural Institute
Visit the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum's Day of the Dead online exhibits via Google's Cultural Institute.


LVM Tumblr Blog
Check out our Día de los Muertos Blog.


LVM Instagram Gallery
Share your images and visit our Day of the Dead gallery.


LVM Mobile Broadcasts
Watch our series of live mobile broadcasts featuring Mexican-American writer/artist Sandra Cisneros.


LVM Avatar Experience
Create your own avatar online, and join us in Second Life LVM Día de los Muertos. You just need a free avatar account and to download the SL client. Once you run the SL client, you can then go directly to our Smithsonian LVM - UTEP Placita, UTEP Miners1 where our festival takes place. SEE YOU THERE!


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Interactive eBook

LVM Teacher Training Toolkit featuring Day of the Dead Transmedia Curriculum

3D Dancing Calavera Interactive

Immerse yourself in dance, music and tradition

Come out and honor the dead.

View the Day of the Dead promotional video

Calaveras on Wheels: Lesson Plan

by Nancy Green. © 2010

"The Taking of the Renwick": The Celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Latino Community in Washington, D. C.

Author(s): Olivia Cadaval Source: Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 22, No. 2/3, Folklore and Semiotics (May 1985), pp. 179-193 Published by: Indiana University Press.

The Day of the Dead as an Art Form: The Day of the Dead Enters the U.S. Museum, Gallery and Cultural Center

by Olga Ulloa Herrera © October 2009

Featured LVM Day of the Dead Partner Many Mouths One Stomach The All Souls International Film Festival serves as a forum for people from all cultures to actively explore the phenomena of death through cinema.

Embracing Tradition: Bringing the Dead into Our Lives. Personal Narrative by Maria Miranda Maloney © October 2009

Calavera to Ana Santa by Maria Miranda Maloney © October 2009

The Latino Virtual Museum's Official Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Tumblr blog.