Various community members joined the momentum of realizing Madera's first Guelaguetza. Comité Guelaguetza Madera deeply thanks all who donated, volunteered, and supported this project. This Guelaguetza is for and by the community of Madera. Photo: Courtesy of the organization.

Comité Guelaguetza Madera

Traditions, music, dance, and cuisine of Oaxaca

About the Organization

Sustaining the Guelaguetza tradition in Madera addresses the community’s desire to nurture cultural pride among Oaxacan youth, promote inclusivity, and celebrate Oaxacan heritage.” – Comité Guelaguetza Madera

The Comité and members of the community practice “tequio” by donating time, skills and effort to create “marmotas” for Madera’s Old Timer’s Day Parade and Guelaguetza Madera. Photo: Courtesy of the organization.

The Comité Guelaguetza Madera is an all-volunteer committee, composed of local residents with strong indigenous Oaxacan ties, working to organize the first community-driven Guelaguetza in Madera, California. The Guelaguetza is an annual celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico, that showcases the vibrant traditions, music, dance and cuisine of the state’s eight regions: Cañada, Costa, Istmo, Mixteca, Papaloapan, Sierra Sur, Sierra Norte y Valles Centrales. It is a renowned event that draws tourists worldwide and holds deep significance for the Oaxacan community. By organizing it locally in Madera, the Comité aims to preserve and share their cultural identity, ensuring the traditions are passed on to future generations and fostering a sense of pride and belonging among the Oaxacan community in Madera.


Living Cultures Grant


Guelaguetza Madera 2023

The Comité Guelaguetza Madera will organize the first community-driven Guelaguetza in Madera, showcasing the vibrant traditions, music, dance, and cuisine of Oaxaca while preserving the cultural identity of the Oaxacan community. Their goal is to foster a sense of belonging among residents and promote cultural exchange and understanding.



Minerva Mendoza, 2023 President | Rosa Hernandez, 2023 Vice President | (559) 481-8084 |

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