Yanga Celebration

When: Sun., Aug. 2, 12-4 p.m. 2009

Centered on the 16th century revolutionary Gaspar Yanga, who led a slave uprising against the Spanish colonists and founded his own palenquein the Mexican highlands, the OaklandMuseum exhibit African Presence in Mexico traces an oft-overlooked history of colonial rule. Besides showcasing art and cultural artifacts, museum curators have made interesting connections "from Yanga to the present" (incidentally the subtitle of their exhibition), and from Mexico to Oakland, where African-Americans and Latinos also intersect and co-exist. Sunday's Yanga Celebration features West African Music and Dance Ensemble, Son de la Tierra, and the Veracruz band Los Utrera, plus screenings of Rafael Rebollar Corona's film The Forgotten Root/La RaizOlvidada (Spanish with English subtitles) and The Third Root by Reed Rickert and Camilo Nu (a 6-minute work in progress). Aug. 2 at the OaklandMuseum of California (1000 Oak St.). 12-4 p.m. $5-$8

Rachel Swan

Price: $5-$8

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