Dia de los Muertos, the celebration of life that honors ancestors and others who've gone before, gets transformed too often into just another holiday exploited for commercial gain. Cultural Coalition, an organization focused on indigenous arts and culture, presents a compelling counterpoint called Mikiztli. Its joyful gathering at Steele Indian School Park combines culture, creativity, and collaboration to powerful effect — bringing together diverse community members and elevating the role of tradition in contemporary life. People sing, dance, make crafts, explore art, and hear stories, even as they learn more about Native and Latino cultures, which are at the root of the Southwest experience we share today. The procession honoring the dead reminds young and old of all that's happened to make our lives possible, and of our own responsibilities for moving traditions and cultural understanding forward.