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Zingg, Robert anthropologist  Search this
Physical description:
reference one video (59 minutes) silent b&w DVD
master one video (59 minutes) silent b&w Betacamsp
archival original one film reel (1,332 feet) silent b&w 35mm
Huichol Indians  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Central America
Supplementary materials: publications
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.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Ceremony--carnival--Las Pachitas  Search this
Agriculture--corn--Huichol  Search this
Hallucinogens--peyote--ritual use of--Huichol  Search this
Ritual--dance--drumming--Huichol  Search this
Processions--"saints"--stations of cross--Huichol  Search this
Flowers--use of in ritual--headdress--Huichol  Search this
Hunting--deer--with ritual--Huichol  Search this
Looms--weaving--Huichol  Search this
Language and culture  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 1982.10.1
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives