VOLUME 10, NO. 5
October 15, 2012 
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September 25, 2012

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September 24, 2012

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 firstThe 2012 Youth Canao, A Gathering for Indigenous Filipino Youth
Gloria Amiling DeGuzman teaches Kayla Lay the art of backstrap weaving.
Gloria Amiling DeGuzman teaches Kayla Lay the art of backstrap weaving.
Photo: BKM Photography & Design
By Kirin Macapugay, Kalingas North America Network and BIBAK San Diego


"On August 25, 2012, the first [Filipino] canao (gathering) focused on youth ages 25 and below, was held in San Diego.  Families from San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and as far as Maryland, gathered for kinship, and more importantly, to learn new traditions.  As is the traditional method of learning for Igorot generations, elders in family clans teach younger relatives, typically during gatherings and important celebrations. The canao focused on Kalinga bamboo instrumentation and backstrap weaving-utilized amongst all the tribes." 

secondThe Jarana, a Mexican guitar made of one solid piece. // La Jarana, una guitarra mexicana hecha de una sola pieza.
Cesar Castro uses a drill press to begin to carve out the sound box of a jarana jaroca.
Cesar Castro uses a drill press to begin to carve out the sound box of a jarana jarochaPhoto: Cesar Castro

By Cesar Castro 


When we listen to the sounds made by an instrument, we usually admire the musician's abilities or the eccentricity of the instrument, but on few occasions do we wonder who or how the instrument was built. Less common is to try to guess what materials were used. Very few people have the opportunity to visit the place where musical instruments are built or to see and speak with the person who makes these instruments. I'd like to take you through the process of building a Mexican guitar called the Jarana Jarocha.


Cuando se escuchan los sonidos generados por un instrumento, usualmente se admira la habilidad del m�sico o la excentricidad del instrumento, en pocas ocasiones uno se pregunta qui�n o c�mo se hizo el instrumento y quiz� se aventura uno a tratar de adivinar de qu� materiales esta hecho, sin embargo muy pocas personas tienen la oportunidad de llegar al taller de lauder�a o a la f�brica de instrumentos musicales para ver y platicar con el constructor de las herramientas para hacer la m�sica. S�gueme para descubrir el proceso de construcci�n de unas guitarras tradicionales mexicanas: la jarana jarocha. 


Visit ACTA's website to read more about jarana jarocha luthiery, to view a slideshow of the process, and to see a video of Cesar taking a jarana through the construction process.  //  Visite la pagina electronica de ACTA para leer mas del proceso de lauderia de la jarana jarocha, para ver fotos de como se construyen y para ver al maestro Cesar Castro construir una jarana.


thirdAction Alert!  Share Your Support for Measures 30 & 38!

Propositions 30 and 38 provide urgently needed funding for California's schools.  Without the funding they provide, the results for education as a whole and arts education will be dire.


Please help ACTA spread the word about these important propositions by sharing a post on Facebook, writing an email to colleagues or recording and sharing a short video about why you support these measures.


Visit ACTA's website to find all the materials you need to support these campaigns and get the word out to your community. 

fourthHelp ACTA Shine a Light on California's Traditional Arts Organizations!

The NEA is celebrating Arts and Humanities month by inviting the public to nominate an arts/culture organization in their community to be highlighted on the NEA Facebook page between October 1-31.  Each day's featured organization will be selected by members of the NEA Public Affairs staff.

ACTA encourages you to participate by nominating your favorite traditional arts organization.  Help us ensure all the great traditional organizations that we know and love (and the artists they work with!) are represented!

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   The Alliance for California Traditional Arts is the California
   Arts Council's  official partner in serving the state's folk &
   traditional arts field.