Appropriation and Incorporation
From Island Village to Capital City
Chapter Four opens with a brief overview of the P'urhépecha region, and a discussion of the practices of day and night of the dead, and dances of old men prior to nationalist appropriation. Using a framework of appropriation, commodification, display, and theatricalization, and focusing on the shift from local to national in the 1920s, this chapter discusses: the visit of state officials to witness Night of the Dead on Janitzio and the subsequent publication of photos and texts in the academic journal Ethnos and the populist magazine Mexican Folkways; the first theatrical events in which the Dance of the Old Men and Night of the Dead were staged in Mexico City; the Teatro Regional event of the Fiesta of Song and Dance in the P'urhépecha town of Paracho, and the roles of musicologist Rubén M. Campos and Jarácuaro villager Nicolás Bartolo Juárez.
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