All posts by Gayle Castaneda

The Santa Fe Railroad, the Fred Harvey Co., Route 66, and Arizona Native Americans

The histories of the Santa Fe Railroad, the Fred Harvey Co., & Route 66 are intertwined with those of several Arizona Native American tribes.  Gayle Castañeda, Museum Director and Founder, & Jan Gruenwald Espiritu are co-presenting programs about this topic at the July 2018 United Federation of Doll Clubs annual, national convention, being held in Phoenix, Arizona. Read about this fascinating topic in our UFDC Convention section.

photo by Jordan Gruenwald
photo by Jordan Gruenwald

Tucson Bride and Groom Magazine Photo Shoot

coverThe Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume (Tucson, Arizona), was invited by Tucson Bride & Groom Magazine to provide authentic, ethnic Mexican jewelry for their Frida Kahlo themed photo shoot. The cover photo shows the model wearing a silk, fuchsia colored rebozo provided by the Museum (Frida was fond of this color), & a style of handmade earrings made by the Mazahua people of the State of Mexico. In the video one can view large gold earrings & a style of necklace of gold coins used by the Tehuana women of Oaxaca. The model also wears a long, classic “rosario” style necklace of gold & coral from the Mérida, Yucatán area.

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Frida, She Wore It Her Way

The Tucson Botanical Gardens is presently featuring an exhibit about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo,  which will continue until May 2017.  Please visit their website to view details about our program and all the other activities connected with this special event.  Our Museum director, Gayle Castañeda, will be presenting a program on Thursday, March 9, 2017,  at 6:00 p.m. at the Gardens.  Displaying types of indigenous garments Frida wore, Gayle will offer a history of the artist concerning her controversial use of indigenous clothing.  She will also accompany her program with paintings by local artist Lorna Newton.   Tucson Botanical Gardens website