Surrounded by a 1980s middle-class suburban neighborhood in Tempe, the very colorful Guadalupe Cemetry looks a bit out of place. And that is exactly what it is, as the cemetery is separated from the Yaqui community it serves. The town of Guadalupe has been moved a few miles south.
Originally the Yaqui Indians come from the Yaqui River in Sonora, Mexico. When
The flowers, the colorful wall painting, the crosses, and flags stand in strong contrast with the dry colors of the desert land. I was not only intrigued by the contrast in color but also by the mix of care – abundant signs of grave visits – and decay – due to
The cemetery’s most active day is the Day of the Dead when people gather to pay respect, conduct ceremonies and clean their ancestors’ plots and leave grave goods. Some graves also had rich Easter decorations – both Christian holidays are
All photographs are taken by Claudia Venhorst, May 2018.
For more background info please read: Guadalupe’s Buried Past by Leah S. Glaser