DOBES Archive

pedimiento2
The consultants tell how the petition ritual is organized in terms of paraphernalia, prayers, which supernatural powers are evoked. The ritual can serve communal or individual benefits.
Pedimiento1
The consultant tells in Spanish how people used to ask for rain by conducting a public ritual. It is public in the sense that some chosen men are sent out to a sacred spot where they perform offerings and prayers, while the community participates in the village church.
Jualaka1
One consultant points to prominent features in the landscape around the village of San Pedro Huamelula, as they can be seen from the hill of Jualaca, in the center of the village. They tell their names in Chontal or Spanish, and give some additional information. The other consultant is aiding with recording and throws in occasional remarks or translations.
SanSebastian
A consultant and the collector visit the curch of San San Sebastian in Pedro Huamelula. It is a colonial-period adobe structure and several consultants said that this was the oldest church of the indigenous village. Non-verbal session. Background noises are Spanish announcements and music.
Agriculture
The group is near a maize field (milpa) and talks about the agricultural practices, the vegetation cicle and conditions.
Kitchen
The collector films the home of his landlady, who explains some Chontal terms of the kitchen details in the backyard. The home would become the focus of a religious feast that the landlady and her huspand sponsored in honor of the virgen de Rosario a few days later.
Mojonera1
The collector reads names from a list of mostly Spanish toponyms from the region, and the two consultants try to give their Chontal names.
agriculture2
A Visit to a previously irrigated field, that is now refilled and functions as a soccer field. The consultant explains how repeated droughts has caused the decline in agricultural activities and land use.
Kroefges_Recording
The consultants and the collector walk along the valley and the consultants point to several landscape elements and tell their Chontal names.
Pedimento1
The consultant tells in Spanish how people used to ask for rain by conducting a public ritual. It is public in the sense that some chosen men are sent out to a sacred spot where they perform offerings and prayers, while the community participates in the village church.
Jualaka2
One consultant names the wards of the village of San Pedro Huamelula, as they can be seen from the hill of Jualaca, in the center of the village. All names are Spanish
Tamales
The collector films a group of women at the home of his landlady, who help prepare tamales and bread for the upcoming fiesta of the virgen del Rosario. Tamales are portions of steamed corn dough, wrapped in maize leafs. The ladies chat mostly in Spanish.
Description
The consultants are asked to pick a photo and tell what they see. The intention was how they assign geographic terms to phenomena:in sensu" when is a hill a hill?" Conversation is mostly in Spanish, with some isolated Chontal terms and phrases.
Valley
The consultants and the collector walk along the valley and the consultants point to several landscape elements and tell their Chontal names.
Land
The consultants answer questions about how land is distributed in Huamelula in Spanish. At the end they mention some Chontal names of animals.
Geography1
The collector reads names from a list of mostly Spanish toponyms from the region, and the two consultants try to give their Chontal names.
Boqueron
The consultants and the collector visit the Boqueron hill. The consultant ralk about the boundary marker there, the limits with Astata, and what they see in the rock formations. Saints, the devil, a decapitated serpent are all related stories. There is a petroglyph and a cave that had been looted and closed. One Consultant gives some phrases with Chontal terms. And talks about the devil who inhabited the cave and who received offerings from the villagers.
CasaEspanto
The video shows the 3 consultants talk about what peaple say had happened in an abandoned "haunted" house. The group enters the house.
Irrigation
A Visit to an old irrigation canal, that is now refilled and out of function
Aguaje
The consultants and the collector film the water spring of Santiago Astata. Several myths are associated with this aguaje. People today use it to get drinking water and to wash laundry there.