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Sentinels of the Earth: Conversations With the Sierra Popolu

by Judith Gleason
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
This is an innovative, intimate portrait of stalwart members of an indigenous people who inhabit Mexico's Sierra de Santa Marta and speak a derivative of ancient Olmec. For convenient classroom use, eight episodes, focussed on various aspects of their culture, have been divided into Parts I and II -- available separately. Part I begins with recollections of an outlawed carnival celebration intercut with old women performing "Dance of the Tiger" in honor of the corn god. Episode two: younger women collaborate, guided by Santana, in making a fuel-saving clay stove. Episode three moves to Apolinar s clinic for a group-cleansing, followed by his recital of a chant to restore a soul stolen by wiley spirits called chanecos. In section four, Santana recounts her life-story. Part II begins with Don Tomas pouring libations to the rain god. Episode six find us in a polygamous household. Episode seven dramatizes the popular story of Homshuk, the corn god, as Gabriel and his second wife labor in the fields. To conclude, the Arizmendi brothers revive ballads of the Sierra on homemade instruments.
Release Date
2002
Run Time
49 min.
Language
English
Rating
For College; Adult audiences
Series
Filmakers Library Online
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2002.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (49 min.)
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