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      "Indigenous Identities and Sacred Landscapes in Oaxaca, Mexico," by Dr. Caroll Davila in Poughkeepsie


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      May 4, 2021

      Tuesday   5:30 PM

      124 Raymond Ave
      Poughkeepsie, New York 12604-0002

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      "Indigenous Identities and Sacred Landscapes in Oaxaca, Mexico," by Dr. Caroll Davila

      Rockefeller Hall 300-Auditorium

      This lecture will present a detailed, sensitive, and carefully contextualized analysis of divination practices--including divination with maize grains--ritual protocols, and the use and significance of sacred sites in several Northern Zapotec communities. These ritual experts in mantic and healing are called in dilla xhon (Caxonos Zapotec) Wene ya’a, “they who speak with mountains”. The Wene ya’a give meaning to the cultural heritage of their communities, to their sacred places, to their religious calendar, to life and death. The Wene ya’a give continuity to the cosmogonic narratives, sacred words, ceremonial speeches, herbal medicine and fundamental values of their communities. The lecture ends with an appraisal of ethnographic practices deployed during this study, which included multiple conversations about the meaning of these practices with Indigenous specialists, community leaders, and local educational institutions.

      Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program

      Contact
      Kathleen Panebianco

      kapanebianco@vassar.edu
      (845) 437-7500

      Department
      Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program

      Categories: University & Alumni

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