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10046 - MATAR AL JUDAS ¿ A CEREMONIAL WAY OF COMING TO TERMS WITH THE ETHNOCIDE IN THE SIERRA TARAHUMARA

In spoken excerpts and audiovisual clips we look at the topic, representation and production conditions of the documentary ‘Matar al Judas’. Taking the Tarahumara in the north-west of the Mexican state of Chihuahua as an example, the film documents the use of drama to come to terms with the traumatic experience of the conquista and colonialization. The mythology-based Easter play – which the Tarahumara adapted according to their beliefs – is used to guarantee the spiritual/immaterial survival/life of the community and to take action against the destruction of their culture.

The documentary thus focuses on significant social codes of the Tarahumara, emotionally charged spaces, related abstractions and collective interpretations thereof as symbolic centers of social communication and most of all the staging of ethnic identity.

Keywords: ritual, worldviews, Sierra Tarahumara NW Mexico, Visual anthropology

Author: Puchegger-Ebner, Evelyne (University of Vienna, Austria / Österreich)

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