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Physical description:
archival original 1 reel (784 feet) sound color 16mm
Totonac  Search this
Motion pictures (visual works)
Central America
title from credits (published work)--archival collection
Deposited by Bruce "Pacho" Lane in 2004.
Edited film by Pacho (Bruce) Lane documents preparations and performance of "Los Voladores" (men who are suspended from and "fly around" a tall pole made from a selected tree in the nearby forests), a 1500 year old ritual performed by the Totonac Indians of eastern Mexico that lies at the spiritual heart of Mexico. Sacred to Quetzalcoatl, the ritual is at the spiritual heart of Mexico and combines Mexican Indian dance, music, poetry (from the "Cantares Mexicanos, a collection of pre-hispanic Nahuatl verse from Texcoco) and art in a meditation on our place in nature, on how to keep the world in balance by our lives. Originally filmed in 1973? in Huehuetla in Sierra Norte de Pueblo in the Nuasteca region of Mexico.
Repository Loc.:
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD
Indians of Mexico  Search this
Totonac Indians  Search this
Indian mythology  Search this
Indians of Mexico--Religion  Search this
Ceremony--religious  Search this
Dance  Search this
Music  Search this
Musical instruments  Search this
Poetry  Search this
Art  Search this
Indigenous art  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 2004.14.1
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Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives