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Modern Mayan: The Indian Music of Chiapas, Mexico - Vol. 1

Various Artists
Modern Mayan: The Indian Music of Chiapas, Mexico - Vol. 1

"The music of the indigenous people of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas reflects many varied influences, past and present. These people are subsistence farmers, with shepherding, cattle raising, hunting and handicrafts as secondary occupations. The four languages spoken here—Tzoztil, Tzeltal, Chol, and Tojolabal—all share their basic Mayan roots with both Aztec and Spanish borrowings. Ritual, social, and religious expression are viewed as one concept by these people..."

Richard Anderson


"La música de los pueblos indígenas del estado mexicano de Chiapas refleja una gran variedad de influencias pasadas y presentes. Estos son pueblos de agricultores de subsistencia, para quienes el pastoreo, la cría de ganado, la cacería y la artesanía son ocupaciones secundarias. En esta región se hablan cuatro lenguas indígenas:Tzoztil, Tzeltal, Chol, y Tojolabal, todas ellas comparten unas raíces comunes mayas y toman elementos prestados del azteca [náhuatl] y el español. Para estas gentes lo ritual, lo social y lo religioso son expresiones de un único concepto..."

Richard Anderson


Track Listing

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Todos Santos, Chamula Chamula guitarists, young Chamula woman 1:46
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Trumpet Choir, Carranza Carranza trumpet choir with three trumpets, large and small drum 2:46
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String Quartet, Carranza Carranza string quartet with two guitars, violin, and harp 3:56
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String Trio and Vocal, Zinnacantan Zinnacantan string trio, three singers 8:28
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Tiger Stone Song, Zinnacantan Zinnacantan guitarist, violinist, drummers 0:43
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Song of Peace, Chalchiuitan Chalchiuitan violinist, guitarist, singers 1:54
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New Years Prayer, Chalchiuitan Two Chalchiuitan men praying 1:44
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Drums and Flute, Huistan Three Huistan drummers, flutist 3:06
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Ladies Dance, Tenejapa Tenejapa violinist, bass guitarist 4:08
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Catarina Sone, Majosic / Bull Dance, Majosic Majosic musicians, drummers, singers 2:36
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Kosh, Kosh Avakan Kanan Chi, Tenango Tenango guitarist, violinist, singers 3:56
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Flute and Drum, Tenango Guacitepec flutist, drummer, mandolin player, guitarist 2:53
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205
Majestic, Petalcingo Two Petalcingo guitarists, violinist 3:24
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206
Good Friday Service, Tila / Carneval, Tila Two Chol drummers, flutist 3:30
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Señor de Tila, Tila Two Chol guitarists, violinist 2:22
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