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Portales discusses Día de Muertos, leads altar workshops

Fonda Portales, university art curator and collections manager, was a guest on Boise State Public Radio’s  Idaho Matters Oct. 18 show about the history and symbolism of Día de Muertos.

University students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning about and setting up personal altars to celebrate Día de Los Muertos can attend Portales’ talk on building the family ofrenda in the Student Equity Center in the Student Union Building on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. She will also co-teach a Día de Muertos interactive altar workshop at the Idaho State Historical Museum later that day from 7-8:30 p.m.

As an art historian, Portales’ academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish Colonial influence.