Rhonda Taube on Contemporary Guatemalan Masquerade

Saturday, June 8, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Fowler Museum Venue - Facility


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Free and open to the public.


Fowler Museum at UCLA
(310) 267-4007



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Nestled deep in the heart of the western highlands, Momostenango, Guatemala, annually hosts a variety of customary, ritual dance-dramas performed during the féria, the public festival dedicated to Santiago Apóstol, the patron saint of the community. This lecture explores how contemporary events in Guatemala, such as the recently ended armed conflict, the consolidation and spread of globalized mass culture, and the rise of transnational migration to the United States have contributed to the development of new forms of religious worship, often expressed as dances. Primary to this talk will be a discussion of how indigenous K’iche’ Maya draw on foreign pop culture images to produce local meaning during the féria and which meanings are shared within society through public ceremonial life.

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Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jeanne and Jim Pieper Collection 

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