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the Native Peoples of Central and South America

  
  

Despertar los restos; La senora de Sipan; Mexico: El ombligo de la luna; Poki y Taki (Tikitiklip)


MUSIC VIDEOS:

JENCHUAYAM
(Saludo Bonito)
(Cute Greeting)
Music: Wilson Chindoy
Nicolás Chicunque (niño)
Year/length:less than 2 minutes.
Setting:Sibundoy, Putumayo, Colombia
Language:Kamëntsá
Culture:Kamëntsá (Spanish subtitles)
Released on:Youtube

There are no credits given for the animation, but you'd have to be heartless not to love this beautiful song from the Kamentsa community of the Colombian Amazon. They are also known as Camsá or Kamse.
youtube.com/watch?v=GHnx3f1lREw

You can also watch the original, non-animated performers here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwgBZjkwa74


LA SEÑORA DE SIPÁN
Director/writer: Javier Zapata Innocenzi
Animation: Flavio Fernandini Figari
Music:Javier Zapata Innocenzi,
Gustavo Chavez
Year/length:3 minutes
Setting: Peru, Pre-Colombian times
Language:Spanish
Culture:Moche, Chavin, Chimu, Inka
Indian Content:high
Released on: Youtube

This is a short musical celebrating La Señora de Sipán. Sipán is one of the most important archaeological sites in Peru. Excavated in 1987, the Royal Tombs of Sipán revealed an unprecedented wealth of information on the Moche culture that thrived from around 100-700 AD. In this cartoon, La Señora de Sipán is friends with other fictional women from other cultures on the northern coast of ancient Peru--La Mamá de los Chavin, La Vecina de Chan Chan, La Chica de Mochica-- and even La Dama de Ampato, which was an Inka maiden of the sun found on Ampato Mountain near Arequipa (named after the archaeologist, Johann Reinhard, who found her). In reality not all of these cultures existed at the same time. Nevertheless, this is a very entertaining cartoon that will get people interested in learning more about Peru. Available on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrFQRLYFDHg

Sinopsis en español:
No hay mejor manera de recordar un tema que con música. En este sentido Javier Zapata, autor del libro Camino Emprendedor, nos enseña el vídeo "La Señora de Sipán" que busca difundir la historia peruana, a través de divertidas viñetas animadas. "Tanto la canción como el video fueron pensados como un medio para motivar la curiosidad y acercar nuestra historia a chicos y grandes. La animación juega con algunas fechas y situaciones, y plantea preguntas sin necesariamente ofrecer respuestas. Confiamos en que los padres y profesores sabrán hacer buen uso de este material para orientar a los chicos e incentivarlos a conocer más de nuestra historia", señala el autor.


La Vecina de Chan Chan


La Mamá de los Chavin


La Chica de Mochica y La Dama de Ampato


TIKITIKLIP PRECOLOMBINO
Studio:Ojitos Producciones
Directors:Alejandra Egaña, Paz Puga
Writers:Alejandra Egaña, Paz Puga, Pedro Peirano, Anna Witte (lyrics)
Animation:Vanesa Brown, Paloma Valdivia, Cristóbal León, Alberto Montt, Claudio Romo
Music:Miranda y Tobar
Year/length:2010; thirteen 4-5 minute episodes
Language:Spanish
Indian Content:high
Released on:Youtube

As discussed in the Series section, these are fantastic music videos from several different cultures of Mexico and Central and South America. Not to be missed!


HUICHOL, EL VIAJE MISTICO
Director: Franciso Ortuño Silva
Music: Mother Eagle Kaili Huichol Sacred Music
Year/length:2006. 3 minutes.
Setting:Mexico
Language:Huichol (no subtitles)
Released on:Youtube

Black and white line drawings give way to the psychedelic color visions of traditional Huichol yarn art as a man eats peyote. The Huichol song is "Tutu Mu Yamane."
youtube.com/watch?v=Ll1NGDTLNLo

DOCUMENTARIES:

UNA APROXIMACION AL PENSAMIENTO ANDINO ANCESTRAL
Director:Jorge Oquendo B.
Writer:Santiago Ontaneda Luciano
Animation:Gustavo Idrovo
Music:Luis Oquendo
Year/length:2007, 10 min.
Setting:Ecuador
Language:Spanish (no subtitles)
Culture:Ecuadorian
Released on:Youtube

An overview of the culture of pre-Columbian Ecuador, discussing religion, medicine, burial practices, and music. Crude animation with easy-to-understand Spanish.
youtube.com/watch?v=-pKGb-ZkQDw

Sinopsis en español:
La forma de los pueblos precolombinos solo puede ser comprendida en la medida en que seamos capaces de entender el pensamiento que está detrás de sus costumbres, es decir, la concepción filosófica que permitiò organizar su mundo.


DESPERTAR DE LOS RESTOS
Directors: Álvaro Torres, Carolina Cortés
Artist: Carolina Cortés
Writer: Álvaro Torres
2012. 15 minutes.
Setting: Arica, Chile, 3000 BC - 500 AD.
Language: Spanish
Released on: Vimeo

Documentary showing the mummification practices of the Chinchorro culture of Arica in two different periods of their history. Stop-motion animation with mixed-media backgrounds. Gruesome but good.
vimeo.com/50021553


Sinopsis en español:
Animación stop motion documental que describe la momificación artificial (momias negras y rojas) de la cultura Chinchorro, sociedad de pescadores y cazadores recolectores prehispánicos que practicaron ritos fúnebres con técnicas sofisticadas en torno a la conservación del cuerpo, teniendo su origen en la costa Camarones, Chile.


EKEKO
Directors: Iván Castro y Franz Figueroa
Writer: Iván Castro
Artists: Franz Figueroa & others
Music: Saul Callejas, Josue Cordova, Fernando Roman
2013. 8 minutes.
Setting: Bolivia
Language: Spanish (no subtitles)
Released on: Vimeo

A history of the Ekeko, from its origins as a fertility god in Tiawanaku to its use as a mock image of the detested ruler Sebastian Segurola, to its ubiquitous appearance as a good luck charm in La Paz and tourist spots across the Andes.
vimeo.com/59152383

Sinopsis en español:
Documental animado producido por la Cooperativa de Animadores de Bolivia Narra la historia del Ekeko, dios ancestral de la prosperidad y la fecundidad, desde sus origenes en Tiawanaku, la censura de la iglesia colonial, el cerco a la ciudad de La Paz en 1781, la creacion de la fiesta de la Alasita hasta nuestros tiempos.


FRONTERA!
Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande
Director/writer: John Jota Leaños
Music:Cristóbal Martínez, Greg Landau
Year/length:2014. 19 minutes.
Setting:Rio Grande border. 1528-1680.
Language:English; some Spanish and Tewa
Indian Content:high
Released on: Vimeo

A humorous retelling of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 led by Po'Pay as well as a whirlwind review of the long history leading up to it. Drought, hunger, colonial violence and religious persecution brought indigenous societies of New Mexico to the brink of collapse. The Pueblo people orchestrated the unthinkable: a pan-Indian uprising successfully expelling the Spanish occupiers from the entire Rio Grande region. leading to an indigenous cultural and social renaissance. Recommended.
Available on Vimeo:
vimeo.com/75840615


LAS HUACAS DE MOCHE
Director:Rafael Besaccia
Writer:Ulla Holmquist, Rafael Besaccia
Animation:Lucis et Sombrae, José Mantilla
Music:Edmundo Supa, Rafael Besaccia
Length:13 min.
Setting:near Trujillo, Peru
Language:none
Culture:Moche
Released on:Youtube

The Moche culture thrived from about 1 to 700 AD on the northern coast of Peru, where they built two of the greatest pyramidal structures in the Americas, now called the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna ("waka" is the Quechua word for a sacred place, though the Moche did not speak Quechua). In the legend, two boys find a two-headed serpent in the desert. They feed it until it grows too big and menaces the people. As the boys flee from the snake, the earth opens up to shelter them. On this location where the earth protected them the Moche built the Huaca de la Luna. This wordless cartoon breezes quickly over the legend in a couple of minutes, then meditates on the magnificent temples themselves, a two terraced adobe structures 130 and 105 feet high, comprised of plazas, courtyards, platforms and ramps, with dazzling friezes and murals in red, ochre, and white. The artists imagine what the temples might have looked like in their apogee, and how they changed over time when some structures were buried with bricks to create platforms for new structures. None of this information is provided, however: it is all presented visually, wordlessly, leaving the viewer to ponder the mystery of this ancient civilization.
youtube.com/watch?v=Pj4JgX3aMOI


JOGOS MUNDIAIS DOS POVOS INDÍGENAS
(Indigenous Peoples' Olympics)
Year/length:2015; less than 2 minutes
Setting:Amazon rainforest
Language:Portuguese
Culture:various
Released on:Youtube

This is a cute series of ten very short cartoons, less than two minutes each, to promote the 2015 Indigenous Olympics. Kalí, a little boy from the Amazon rainforest, shows us the various games that are played: soccer, swimming, foot race, canoe race, etc. Although the Indigenous Olympics include athletes from all over the world, these cartoons focus on the Americas and particularly Brazil. The subtitles are only in Portuguese.
Available on Youtube:
youtube.com/channel/UCFLEnrkOIRd07lVRHqkBrdg/videos
Official website of the Indigenous Olympics:
jmpi2015.gov.br/


KAUYUMARI: EL VENADO DE AZUL
(The Blue Deer)
Directors/animators:Arnold Ababie
Ana Sofia Lopez Paumier
Music:Carlos Cendejas, Yonny Roldan
Year/length:2013, 3 min.
Setting:Wirakuta, Mexico
Language:Spanish (no subtitles)
Culture:Wixárika (Huichol)
Released on:Vimeo

Infomercial in defense of Wirakuta, the land sacred to the Huicholes (Wixáritari) in San Luis Potosi, and now threatened by mining--the 500 year-old problem. The Wixáritari make a pilgrimage to Wirakuta each year to collect the sacred peyote cactus. The digital animation is based on their traditional art of colored beads (chaquiras) glued onto wood.
vimeo.com/84373930

Sinopsis en español:
El venado azul Kauyumari guía a los peregrinos wixaritari hasta Wirikuta, en donde se sacrifica transformándose en peyote, cacto con el que estos indígenas mexicanos se vinculan con sus ancestros, cumpliendo su merced y asumiéndose como guardianes del planeta.


MÉXICO: OMBLIGO DE LA LUNA
Director:Gabriel Retes
Writers: Everardo Lara, Ignacio Guzman, Antonio Alvarez
Animation:Uriel Perez, Aristeo Pantoja, Estudio Muerte Querida
Music:Elvira Ortega
Year/length:2015. 11 minutes.
Setting:the navel of the moon
Language:Spanish
Culture:Mexica (Aztec)
Released on:Youtube

This is an excellent introduction to the fascinating world of ancient Mexica astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy.
youtube.com/watch?v=_BtanIHi6Hs



SELKNAM
Director: Sebastian Pinto
Writers:Sebastian Pinto, Rodrigo Zamora
Animation:Sebastian Pinto
Music:Jorge Puig
Year/length:2012. 4 minutes.
Setting:Tierra del Fuego
Language:Spanish
Released on: Vimeo
Silouettes and beautiful backgrounds illustrate this brief introduction to the culture of the Selk'nam, or Ona, who lived in Tierra del Fuego for 10,000 years.
vimeo.com/50090402

Sinopsis en español:
Animación que narra los aspectos más relevantes de la cosmovisión Selk'Nam; un pueblo indígena que habitó en Tierra del Fuego por más diez mil años, y que sin embargo, fueron exterminados en tan solo veinte años por los colonos.


VICENTA
Director, writer, animator:Carla Valencia
Illustrator:Carlos Julio Sánchez
Music:Alfredo Mora Manzano
Year/length:2014. 5 minutes.
Setting:Bolivia; Chile, 1950s-70s
Language:Spanish

Valencia migrates from Bolivia to Chile with her grandson after her daughter dies in childbirth, and she struggles to make a new life in Chile. When the boy grows up he supports Salvador Allende. During the military coup of 1973 their house is ransacked and the young man is taken away, and the grandmother learns of his death on the radio. The filmmaker Carla Valencia is the great-granddaughter of Valencia. (1894-1976).

Sinopsis en español:
“Vicenta” en la historia de una mujer del campo que migra de Bolivia a Chile. Lava ropa para ganarse la vida, Se enfrenta a la pobreza, se convierte en madre soltera, y años después, durante la dictadura militar de Pinochet, pierde a su hijo mayor cuando es detenido como prisionero político.


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