K'iche' Maya Dancers Discover Xena
I find the following absolutely FASCINATING. Shankiri, a regular AUSXIP visitor, sent this to me and It's just so fascinating to see how far Xena has impacted on people's lives. Not bad for a show that has been inactive (I was going to use dead but it's not) for nearly 9 years.
The Department of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside
Presents: Dr. Rhonda Taube
'Borrachas,' Beauty Queens, and Xena Warrior Princess: Gender and Identity Performed in Contemporary
Dr. R.Taube's lecture will explore disfraces, "disguises," a new genre of dances performed among the K'iche' Maya of Momostenango, Guatemala. Highlighting cultural change and innovation, disfraces derive their inspiration from ever changing North American mass media and popular culture (e.g., Xena Warrior Princess, Batman and Barack Obama). The talk examines how Western costumes are being used to produce local meaning and the multiple ways in which "disguises" and performances operate as sites for the production of identity, signifying specific notions of gender, class and ethnic affiliations.
Friday, November 20th, 2009
4:00 - 6:00 pm