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Teaching Sweet 15: Quinceañera and the Work of Eva Castellanoz

Sweet 15: Quinceañera and the Work of Eva Castellanoz

You’ve heard of “sweet 16” parties, but many girls in American Latino communities follow another tradition. A quinceañera (KEEN-seh-ah-NYEH-rah) is a grand celebration marking a young girl’s rite of passage from childhood to young womanhood when she turns 15. The honorees usually wear special dresses and headpieces for the occasion. NEA National Heritage Fellow Genoveva “Eva” Castellenoz from Nyssa, Oregon, crafts beautiful quinceañera coronas (crowns) that are sought out far and wide by families wishing to add a traditional touch to the celebration.

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