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YÚMARI / TUTUBURI: DANCE LEST YOU DIE

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Author(s): Ángel Acuña Delgado

Journal: AIBR : Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana
ISSN 1695-9752

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 58;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Rarámuri Dance | Yúmari/Tutuburi | Culture | Context | Symbols

ABSTRACT
The Rarámuri are people who live in the Tarahumara Mountains, North of Mexico. They held in the diversity of their dance one of their most genuine forms of expression and communication. Their dance is oriented towards divine worship but also towards human relationship. This paper is based on a field work conducted during eleven months between 2001 and 2005 in several Rarámuri communities at the Highland and the Lowland Tarahumara region. The paper focuses the attention on the yúmari / tutuburi, festive ritual, as well as its meaning as a dance. The paper first describes the historical framework of the Rarámuri, second it explains the festival process, with particular attention to the yúmari / tutuburi dance. Finally, the paper explores the functional and structural aspect of the whole ritual. The main target is to outline the importance of this cultural process for being considered a Rarámuri in today’s context.
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