Sound Memories: Día de Muertos


- 6 minute listen -

Sound Memories is a series of sonic portraits portraying varying perspectives on how and where we remember the dead in our changing world. I spoke with Fabiola, Carmen, Danielle, Efrain, and Louise on a chilly October day in the basement crypt of a Southwest England cemetery. Here, over warm coffees and homemade muffins, this group of friends prepared for a public Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration by building a Mexican Ofrenda—a traditional altar to the dead. Listen to their stories to hear how a shared experience of loss brought these Bristolians together across cultures and national origins.

Katie Thornton Sound Memories Ofrenda Group

Katie Thornton Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow Audio Death in the Digital Age

Katie Thornton is a Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow currently in the UK and Singapore to produce “Death in the Digital Age,” a podcast and multimedia project about how and where we remember in an urbanized, digitized world. Be sure to follow the project on Instagram, via occasional email updates, or on the project blog!



Disclaimer: All photos and audio by Katie Thornton, 2018. Theme music by Elori Kramer. No reuse without permission.

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