Senderos dance group Centeotl Danza y Baile performs the traditional Flor de Piña (pineapple) dance from San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec, Oaxaca during our Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza indigenous dance, music, food, artisan festival in Santa Cruz which annually attracts over 4500 audience members. photo credit: Urbino Quiroz Fotografia


Oaxacan arts and culture

La Guelaguetza, organized in Santa Cruz County by Senderos (formerly Vive Oaxaca) for nearly a decade, is an indigenous celebration in which dances, rituals, music, languages, and cuisine are taugt and shared among participants and audience members.  By bringing La Guelaguetza to Santa Cruz each year, Vive Oaxaca is building a culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect for an indigenous culture.  In addition, it showcases the impact that parents, youth, teachers, and community leaders can build through collaboration and engagement.  Furthermore, La Guelaguetza builds cultural awareness and cultural competency within the community.

Living Cultures


In 2021, Senderos received funding from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grant Program to provide free traditional Oaxacan banda de viento (wind band) music instruction and baile folklórico (Mexican folkloric dance) instruction for Latinx youth in Santa Cruz County.

In 2014, Vive Oaxaca received a grant from ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program to support their annual La Guelaguetza.

In 2017, a Living Cultures award will support free Mexican folkloric dance and traditional Oaxacan Banda de Viento music instruction for Latino immigrants.

Senderos youth Board members Daisy Estrada Magana and Jazmin Gonzalez lead the Convite through downtown Santa Cruz, a traditional procession of dancers, musicians, mojigangas (large puppets), which happens the weekend before our annual Vive Oaxaca Guelaguetza indigenous cultural festival. photo credit:

Fe Silva Robles, Senderos Co-founder/Director and indigenous oaxaqueña, leads the Día de los Muertos festival procession from downtown Santa Cruz to Evergreen Cemetery where dancing, music, ofrendas, tamales await the community to celebrate Day of the Dead. This free community festival is co-presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and Senderos annually. photo credit: Kyer Wiltshire

Senderos infantil (youth) dancers of our Centeotl Danza y Baile folklorico group perform Cabeza de Cochino (pig's head) traditional Mayan dance from the Yucatan Peninsula at our Diciembre en México (December in Mexico) winter showcase performance. photo credit: Crystal Birns

Senderos Ensamble Musical banda de viento (wind band) getting ready to perform along with student musicians from Centro de Integración Social (CIS #8), Zoogocho, Oaxaca, who Senderos sponsors for a three-week visit each May to perform in our month-long Vive Oaxaca events. photo credit: Nopal Media

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