Chamizal Cultural Festival 2018

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The Chamizal Cultural Festival and its related events run from October 26-28 this year. The first day of the Festival is for local area K-12 school groups. We invite the general public to join us on Saturday, October 27 for the main Festival events. To end the Festival, we are partnering with Celebration of Our Mountains to invite you to a special tour of border history around El Paso on Sunday, October 28. General schedules and some activities and participating organizations are listed below. Please return for updated information as the Festival approaches.

Education Day

October 26, 9 am - 1:30 pm

On the first day of the Chamizal Cultural Festival we invite El Paso area middle school groups to join us for fun, informative cultural activities. Please register in advance by contacting Anne Doherty-Stephan by email or by phone at 915-532-7273 ext.124. Space is limited and available first come, first served. Funds for transportation may be available. Activities include:

  • El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land: the Chamizal story told from the stage through drama and dance
  • Charro Traditions: see the clothing and tools used throughout the long history of charros and charras, and watch lariat demonstrations
  • Avila Farms: explore saddles and other vaquero tools, and listen to stories about the history and work of cowboys
  • Serna Ranch Youth Leadership Program: be drawn in by the stories told by Navajo storyteller Alex Mares
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo: learn about native planting and harvesting
  • Magoffin Home: get your hands dirty while learning about building with adobe
  • Claude Montes: see the sculptor in action
  • Cruz Camargo: hear him tell the stories and traditions passed down from his Manso ancestors
  • River model: use a working model of a river to investigate how rivers move and what this has to do with Chamizal history
  • Learn about the UTEP Oral Histories Program
  • Talk to a ranger from Franklin Mountains State Park

Public Festival

October 27, 1:30 - 6 pm

Enjoy come-and-go activities that reflect the variety of El Paso borderland culture.

  • Learn about the UTEP Oral Histories Program
  • Charro Traditions: see the clothing and tools used throughout the long history of charros and charras, and watch lariat demonstrations
  • Avila Farms: explore saddles and other vaquero tools, and listen to stories about the history and work of cowboys
  • Serna Ranch Youth Leadership Program: be drawn in by the stories told by Navajo storyteller Alex Mares
  • River model: use a working model of a river to investigate how rivers move and what this has to do with Chamizal history
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo: browse a variety of native crafts for sale
  • Talk to a ranger from Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Magoffin Home: get your hands dirty while learning about building with adobe
  • Claude Montes: see the sculptor in action
  • Cruz Camargo: hear him tell the stories and traditions passed down from his Manso ancestors

Don't miss these scheduled events and performances!

  • 1:30-1:45 pm Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Blessing and Opening Ceremony
  • 1:45-2:20 pm Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Youth Dancers
  • 2:30-3:15 pm Tim Tompson, country musician
  • 3:30-4:15 pm Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Youth Dancers
  • 4:30-5:45 pm David Noriega Group, Latin rock & blues
  • 5:45-6 pm Closing Ceremony

Stay all afternoon: food trucks will be available for your refreshment!

Grand Tour of El Paso Border History

October 28, 9 am - noon

Take a grand tour of the El Paso border with Mexico and learn about 175 years of El Paso border history. Begin at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) at 2616 W. Paisano. Take a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1. As you read the marker and listen to your guide, Mike Landis of the IBWC, you can straddle the border with one foot in the U.S. and the other in Mexico. From there continue east on Paisano to Old Fort Bliss, Hart’s Mill and the historic La Hacienda Restaurant where Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso Historical Society, will talk about the border history from 1840 to 1900. Stay on Paisano and continue on to Chamizal National Memorial where Ranger Rodney Sauter will lead a tour of the park and explain the history of how the Chamizal Convention of 1963 finally ended a century-long border dispute. For details and maps, visit the event on the Celebration of Our Mountains website.

Community Participants

We are interested in providing a variety of experiences and information reflecting U.S.-Mexico border history and culture. If your organization has such an activity to offer, please email us to express your interest in participating in the Chamizal Cultural Festival.

Last updated: October 17, 2018

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800 South San Marcial Street
El Paso, TX 79905

Phone:

(915) 532-7273

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