Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Celebrating the Diversity of Day of the Dead in the Classroom

September 4th, 2015

This fall 2015, the Latin American Resource Center hosts several events to celebrate the Latin American tradition of Day of the Dead. Through a Title VI U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant, the Latin American Resource Center at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, is creating a set of lessons about Day of the Dead traditions across the Americas. The 2014 lesson focused on Haiti, with future lessons to include Guatemala, Peru, and Brazil.

Through these resources and programs, we hope to encourage cross-cultural understanding, expose students to new traditions, and provide a basis for cross-cultural comparisons in an interdisciplinary classroom. The set of lessons being developed can be adapted for use in a variety of classrooms, including the art and social studies classrooms.

This year, we focus on the Day of the Dead as it is celebrated in Guatemala. Come on out to one of our events to learn more about the tradition and/or check out some of our resources.


  • Deconstructing Día de los Muertos in the Classroom
    Wednesday, October 7
    5:30 – 8:30
    Ogden Museum of Southern Art
    This introductory workshop is developed for any educator interested in bringing the tradition of Day of the Dead into their classroom. The workshop will highlight art activities and learn the role of the altar.
  • Day of the Dead Traditions of Guatemala K-16 Educator Workshop
    Thursday, October 15
    5:00 – 6:45
    Algiers Regional Public Library
    Day of the Dead is often perceived as a tradition symbolized by Katrina skeletons, pan de muertos, papel picado, and altars constructed during November 1 -3. This workshop is developed through a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant to help celebrated the diversity of this tradition across Latin America. Specialists from Guatemala and Anthropologists from Tulane University will share the rich history of the tradition across the Americas highlighting the tradition in Guatemala. Scholars and artists from Guatemala will present the differences and similarities of this tradition with the one celebrated in Mexico. Participants will learn about the importance of kites and food in the celebration of the dead in Guatemala. Register Here


RESOURCES on Day of the Dead: