This evening I'd like to return with Kerfe Roig's images and words inspired by Mayan and Mexican jaguar (tigre) masks. She states:
What's interesting to me is how first the Spanish tried to eliminate the native peoples, then they enslaved them, taking away their lands and outlawing their culture, then they sent priests to indoctrinate them into Catholicism. And still. The ancient beliefs and traditions subverted the imported religion and exists today in a synthesis of the old and new. The persistence of masking and the spirits invoked in ritual and dance are evidence of the continuity and continued importance of indigenous culture in the life of Latin America.
jaguar of the night
catching light molding liquid birth
from death the seedling
rising high flaming
everything falling and whose
strike cold fire
dying blaze melting
whose blood water earth fire air
breath still beginning
the stars sing
the earth opens wide
air spirit matter merging
the sky sheds new tears
I'd like to post some Mexican jazz. The first link is to a video of Sacbe's "Aztlan": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csLx-mNtJ5A
Next is this group's "Andromeda": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy97O9vNm9o
How does this group sound live?
Itzam Cano is a jazz bassist from Mexico:
He is known for his work with Zero Point:
I'll finish with Remi Alvarez, a saxophonist.
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