Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Gina Athena Ulysse, Daniella Gandolfo

Major

Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

An exploration into three iteration of guelaguetza in Oaxaca Mexico: 1. a practice of mutual exchange practiced in Zapotec communities. Here engaging anthropological literature on gift giving, mutual aid and exilic communities 2. the Government funded indigenous dance festival Guelaguetza, in conversation here with theories of museumizing, nationalist image making and indigenismo 3. The Political Protest dance festival Guelaguetza Popular y Magisterial organized by the Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Oaxaca, where here do a close reading of the performances of dancers and other people attending the festival, thinking in particular about participation, autonomy and reciprocity

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