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Albuquerque Gathering of Matachines 2008

On May 16th and 17th New Mexico Arts, a division of New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored the first Gathering of Matachines at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. This historic event was organized by Claude Stephenson, the New Mexico state folklorist. Dr. Stephenson brought together Matachine groups from throughout the Southwest. The groups that particpated were the Raramuri from the Sierra Madre in Mexico, the Yaqui from Tucson, Arizona and from New Mexico the groups were from Alcalde, Bernalillo, Cochiti, Jemez, Picuris, Tijeras and Tortugas. The Matachine dance is a sacred dance which is usually performed in December for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Christmas season or feast days. The participants in this dance are the danzantes (the dancers), the Monarca (the leader of the danzantes), the Malinche (a young girl dressed in white), the Abuela (the grandmother, usually a man dressed as a woman), the abuelo (the grandfather who gives orders) and a Toro (a young boy dressed as a bull). The music for the dancers is made up of violins and guitars.
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Jemez Matachines
Jemez Matachines
Jemez Monarca with palma
Jemez Monarca with palma
Jemez Malinche dancing around danzantes
Jemez Malinche dancing around danzantes
Jemez Abuelo
Jemez Abuelo
Abuelo and Monarca from Jemez
Abuelo and Monarca from Jemez
Jemez Malinche with rattle
Jemez Malinche with rattle
Jemez Malinche and Monarca
Jemez Malinche and Monarca
Jemez danzantes with palmas
Jemez danzantes with palmas
Jemez danzantes kneeling
Jemez danzantes kneeling
Jemez group dancing
Jemez group dancing
Hands holding palmas Jemez
Hands holding palmas Jemez
Jemez Malinche
Jemez Malinche
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