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Fonda Portales

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 3:54 pm / November 27, 2017


Environmental portrait of Fonda Portales

Fonda Portales

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Fonda Portales will present a talk titled “Ritual Uses of Cacao in Ancient Mesoamerica” at the Feria de Chocolate and Café Mexicanoan event hosted by the Consulate of Mexico and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Linen Building (1402 W. Grove St., Boise).

Focusing her talk on the cacao drink, like the nahua cacahuatl, Portales will connect the hot beverage to the world of the ancestors, the world of water, and discuss some of cacao’s sacred meaning in transculturated Mexico today. This is the same topic Portales presented at “Semana Cultura,” a joint effort of the Mexican Consulate and the College of Western Idaho during the week of Oct. 9.

This will be the inaugural Feria de Chocolate and Café Mexicano hosted in Boise.