Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Lotería Huasteca

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Lotería Huasteca

Porcupine's Quill, March 2015

From Porcupine's Quill:

Lotería Huasteca presents 54 striking woodblock prints alongside text that provides insight into the traditional art, music, food, ritual and dance of the Huasteca region of Eastern Mexico.

Home to an ethnically and linguistically diverse population, the Huasteca region of Eastern Mexico defies geographic and political boundaries and is instead known for its kaleidoscope of indigenous cultures rich in traditional art, music and dance.

In Lotería Huasteca, author, visual artist and musician Alec Dempster illustrates the traditions and music of the Huasteca region with a series of woodblock prints and accompanying explanatory texts that capture the style and history of the region and its people. Organized in the form of the popular household game of lotería, Dempster’s words and images provide a fascinating mix of cultural reference, music history and artwork, which together form an educational game that imparts a tantalizing taste of the vibrant and diverse world of the Huasteca.