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La Chole event Saturday

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, February 18, 2019, 17:55 (67 days ago) @ hromero

I took two guests here on Saturday. Overall I would say that the experience was a good one and my guests enjoyed it.

It was a bit confusing when first arriving because of their system of processing entry. They were stopping cars on the road just before the entrance to the museum and asking us to pay the entrance fee for the event. The people at the entrance didn't have a consistent story about what was included in the entrance fee but eventually we learned that the 100/150 peso fee included entrance to the "Ceremonia del Fuego Nuevo", a guide for the ruins and the museum.

We decided to catch the next performance of the dance first. They had set up a "fair" around a baseball field that included several food stands and craft booths. It was pretty well organized with lots of local foods on offer. My only comment is that I wish that there had been more variety of dishes available as everyone was pretty much offering the same menu of tacos, tostadas or Chicharrón "salads". The ceremony itself was very interesting and I was quite impressed with the attire that the dancers were wearing for the ceremony. The following is a clip of the dancing we saw.


The guide for the museum and ruins was quite helpful and a decent level of knowledge about the area and history. She answered questions, gave us lots of information about the different artifacts and structures. My guests enjoyed themselves and were quite happy with the whole experience.

Just a couple of observations in case any organizers from this event should read this.

1. There should have been some way of educating spectators about the dance, i.e. its meanings, symbolisms, and history. Whether having someone explain over the sound system or available to answer questions in person would have made the experience much better.

2. There should have been guides who had a better handle on English, particularly since they were charging more for foreigners. I ended up doing a lot of translation for my guests.

Great job posting the video! B-) I watched nervously as someone let their toddler almost walk into the dancers.

I don't believe the dance is actually matched to a specific local indigenous culture, though I could be wrong. It looks to my untrained eye like a standard Aztec-for-Tourists dance, but I could be wrong.

A friend of mine from La Chole once played a whistle-like instrument, part of a trove of relics his family had cared for for generations that was all confiscated by the official government archaeologist for La Chole for the museum, but he admitted there was no way to know what their music actually sounded like. I think he does a believable rendition of what it might've sounded like.


https://youtu.be/h0dnUTaRT5k

I think your suggestions are excellent!

Thanks for sharing that!


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