Experiencing Night of the Dead
Festivals, Contests, and Souvenirs
This chapter and the next cover the period from 1968 to 2010, beginning with the massacre and Olympic Games in Mexico City. Framed by President Echeverría's (1970–1976) populist style of governance using folkloric nationalism, discussion centers on the role of the Dance of the Old Men as promoted through staged displays in European festival tours and Mexico City events, organized through FONADAN, Radio Educación, and The National Museum of Anthropology, by individuals including Josefina Lavalle, Mario Kuri-Aldana, and Marcelo Torreblanco. Discussing tourist initiatives in Michoacán, focus is on the development of The Old Men and Night of the Dead in Morelia and Lake Pátzcuaro, specifically dealing with the Festivals of Music and Dance on all the islands and in Tzintzuntzan; the experiential encounter on Janitzio; and the role of newspaper articles and photos, and TV crews.
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