Day of the Dead in the USA

Day of the Dead in the USA

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Honoring relatives by tending graves, building altars, and cooking festive meals has been an honored tradition among Latin Americans for centuries. The tribute, qel Dia de los Muertos, q has enjoyed renewed popularity since the 1970s when Latino activists and artists in the United States began expanding qDay of the Deadq north of the border with celebrations of performance art, Aztec danza, art exhibits, and other public expressions. Focusing on the power of ritual to serve as a communication medium, Regina M. Marchi combines a mix of ethnography, historical research, oral history, and critical cultural analysis to explore the manifold and unexpected transformations that occur when the tradition is embraced by the mainstream. A testament to the complex nature of ethnic identity, Day of the Dead in the USA provides insight into the power of ritual to create community, transmit oppositional messages, and advance educational, political, and economic goals.There is notoriously little oversight or enforcement of the most basic labor rights in the fields, so that workers often dona#39;t get appropriate ... In a contemporary twist on the tradition of offering harvest crops to the dead, such altars typically contain wooden produce crates, ... a€œarmsa€ or hired hands recruited by the U.S. government from 1942 to 1965 to fill manual labor shortages during and afterWorld War II.

Title:Day of the Dead in the USA
Author: Regina Marchi
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2009-06-09

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