Aztec group performs for students 

art aztecSwain County Schools celebrated Native American heritage on Nov. 8-9 by having Aztec dancers perform for students at the Swain County Center for the Arts. 

The five presentations featured Mesoamerican culture through traditional Aztec dance and music performed by Chicahua Yolotli, an Aztec Dance and Music group from North Georgia.

The four members of the group included Javier and Felicia Alfaro, their 5-year old daughter, Aaliyah, and Margaret Garcia, who is originally from Mexico.

Yolotli played traditional music on a variety of unique wind and percussion instruments made mostly of clay and wood, which included several types of drums, flutes and whistles. Their bodies also became instruments in the dances with the rattles attached to the leggings in their regalia. The regalia they wore was symbolic of Quetzalcoatl (the Feathered Serpent) and included elaborate headdresses of two- to five-foot feathers from the pheasant, the macaw and the rooster.

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