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Ethnographies of “Culturas Indígenas Preservadas”

Posted by Oscar Marquez, Doctoral Student in American Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU

I will be spending six weeks in Guadalajara as a guest researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores de Antropología Social (CIESAS) to conduct preliminary research for my dissertation. I will be conducting archival and (hopefully) some ethnographic research to understand the racial motives underlining the dispossession of Wirárika (Huichol) territory by non-indigenous rural Mexicans. I have been here in Guadalajara for close to two weeks and it is clear that it is going to be difficult making contact with Huichol communities in the sierra. There are multiple organizations and groups of people based in the city of Guadalajara whom do some type of support/solidarity work with these communities but many seem to be weary of an outsider arriving with intentions to visit and know these indigenous communities that are often identified by the interlocutors mentioned above as “culturas indígenas preservadas”, or authentic Indians. Continue reading