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Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340365.001.0001

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Keeping It Local

Keeping It Local

Reappropriation, Migration, and the Zacán Festival

(p.175) Chapter 10 Keeping It Local
Embodying Mexico

Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the ninety-year trajectory of The Old Men in relation to the residents of Lake Pátzcuaro, particularly in terms of migration, transmission, re-appropriation, and cultural revitalization. Processes of transmission and family involvement are discussed, including the migration of the Gabriel family of Urandén to Mexico City to create a mariachi ensemble, and uses of The Old Men in local events and fiestas. Analysis of initiatives in the P'urhépecha region connected to political autonomy movements focus on the P'urhépecha Artistic Festival of Zacán as it was transformed from local fiesta into an international spectacle. Reflection on the author's own presence and impact as a musician and researcher forms the final section, concerned particularly with the making of an audio recording of compositions by Bartolo Juárez, with musicians from Jarácuaro, and the consequences of this for one member of the Bartolo Juárez family.

Keywords:   migration, transmission, re-appropriation, cultural revitalization, mariachi, P'urhépecha Artistic Festival of Zacán, Bartolo Juárez family

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