Chiara Bresciani will be documenting relevant elements of cultural heritage of Huave people (also known as Ikoot's or Ikojts), an Indigenous group living in Southern Mexico. This audiovisual material will be part of her PhD project about agency, cultural change, and tradition. - Chiara has been working in this area since her MA in Anthropology. As a side project, she had collected and elaborated visual materials (videos, pictures) and edited them in a DVD co-authored by fellow anthropologist and friend Marta Iannetti. - “There is an important debate in Anthropology on the objectification of the local culture by the ethnographer, and issues of appropriation, "stealing" and (lack of) reciprocity are particularly significant in post-colonial countries and/or Indigenous contexts”, states Chiara. “Dios mangüy means "thanks" in Huave language, as the DVD has been conceived to acknowledge the contribution of the host community in the research and to partially restitute some of the data collected (pictures, video, information), in a form that is more "material" and accessible than academic writing”. - The DVD is self-produced under a Creative Commons license of CC BY-NC-ND type (Attribution, Non commercial, No derivatives). It features: - Eight short thematic clips to be used as didactic material for the teaching of the Indigenous language in local schools; - A short video by Chiara Bresciani on the preparation of food for festive/ritual events and an 11 mins video by Marta Iannetti on traditional midwifery; - A slideshow of pictures taken in the village, with background music from local composer Obdulio Muriel; - The digital version of some of the drawings and other materials (two rhymes, a tale and a recipe) created by the children of local primary school and collected by anthropologist Laura Montesi; - A clip with a short introduction to the project and film credits.

Documentation of Cultural Heritage of Huave People
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