David Robichaux Haydel

Fellowship Date

February 01, 2016 to March 30, 2016

Project

Materiales sobre danzas en el Fondo Fernando Horcasitas de la Biblioteca Latinoamericana de la Universidad de Tulane / Materials on Dances in the Fernando Horcasitas Papers at the Latin American Library, Tulane University.

Los materiales del Fondo Horcasitas complementarán una investigación de campo que, desde 2012, se ha realizado sobre 19 danzas en 22 poblados de la Región Texcocana en México central.  Tengo un particular interés en las notas de campo de Horcasitas relativas a danzas en la región, incluyendo el texto de una danza dialogada ahora desaparecida, y las notas sobre algunas danzas específicas de la Sierra de Puebla.  Espero que estos materiales den al estudio una dimensión comparativa e histórica, permitiendo abordar cuestiones concernientes al origen, desplazamiento y transformación de las danzas en la región de estudio y en el área mesoamericana en general. / 

The materials in the Horcasitas papers will complement field research carried out since 2012 on 19 dances in 22 towns in the Texcoco Region in Central Mexico. I am particularly interested in Horcasitas’s field notes on dances in the region, including the text of a now disappeared dance drama and his notes on some specific dances in the Sierra de Puebla.  This material will give the study a comparative and historic dimension enabling me to address questions concerning the origin, movement and transformation of dances in the region of study and in Mesoamerica in general.

Biography

David Robichaux Haydel holds a doctor’s degree in Ethnology from the University of Paris-Ouest (Nanterre-Paris X) and is emeritus professor in the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he has taught since 1977.  He has edited volumes and published numerous articles and book chapters on family.  His Mesoamerican family system concept has become an obliged reference in family and kinship studies in this cultural area.  He has carried out extensive field research in Tlaxcala and the Texcoco Region in central Mexico.  He is currently engaged in ethnographic research on the religious and organizational aspects of dances in the latter region.