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Hurricane María destroyed the Artesanías Castor Ayala, which served as both a cultural museum and preservation site and artisan shop for the Ayala family in Loíza Aldea. When Raíces visited in January 2018, the wood for the rebuilding the the…

Sign for the Artesanías Castor Ayala in January 2018, 4 months after Hurricane María. Culture persists.

Vejigante masks made by the Ayalas remain on display in the home.

Artisan shop and exhibit center for the Ayala. The shop is decorated inside and out with vejigante masks and costumes, handcrafted by the Ayala family. Vejigante masks and costumes, as well as other handcrafted items can be purchased here.

Oversize paper-mache vejigante puppet on the streets of Loíza Aldea during the processionals for las fiestas de Santiago Apostol.

Raíces Co-Directors Francisco G. Gómez and Nicole Wines in a Raíces Ensemble rehearsal. Francisco is also the Musical Director of Raíces. Pictured here in the spring of 2010 surrounded by cultural objects and instruments.

Vejigante doll made at C.O.P.I. (Corporación Piñones se Integra) C.O.P.I. is a 501 c 3 non profit organization founded by sociologist Maricruz Rivera Clemente.

Vejigantes dancing bomba at the Ayala family home on the day of Santiago apostol.

Two citizens of Loíza Aldea dressed as vejigantes and another dressed as one of the “caballeros.” The caballero is a popular figure during the festival of Santiago apostol.

Jeep with huge vejigante mask leads the procession on the day of Santiago apostol.
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