Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee
Footage shot among the Huichol of Tuxpan de Bolanos, northern Mexico, is the earliest known motion picture documentation of the Huichol. Footage depicts the distinctively indigenous aspects of Huichol culture and various acculturated aspects derived from Christian influence including <tatei neixa> or <wimakwari> (a first fruits ritual) at the ceremonial center of Ratontita, temple officers returning from a successful deer hunt, a peyote dance, parched corn ceremony, rain-making rituals, Easter Week activities (including the stations of the cross and a procession of the "saints"), and the cambio de las varas, an annual ceremony performed to sanctify the changing of Huichol government officials. Footage also documents Huichol subsistence and craft activities.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD