This weekend 'Matachines' Dancers from El Buen Pastor Catholic Church, honored Our Lady of Guadalupe in Downtown Elmwood.
Los matachines denotes a traditional religious dance and the dancers, musicians, and elders who participate in it. Its roots go back to a type of widespread medieval sword dance called a morisca. The Spanish brought the ritual with them to the New World, where over time it incorporated Mexican, Indian, and American religious and social symbols.*
*Texas State Historical Association, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/lmm01