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Bats'i Rock (Rock Tsotsil). Presentation by SAK TZEVUL: Damian Martinez (guitarist and composer) ; Enrique Martinez (drummer and arranger); Paco Martinez (guitarist), and Otto Anzures (member). The Tzotzil Maya rock band of Sak Tzevul developed the artistic movement of Bats'i Rock as a direct response to a hundred years of nationalistic narratives that position indigenous culture and modernist goals (advancements in economy and technology) as diametrically opposed themes. Members of Sak Tzevul will present on how Bats'i Rock seeks to reclaim the cultural roots of the indigenous people of Chiapas, Mexico, reflecting on how indigenous communities are often portrayed as artifacts of the past, and how these depictions provide no space where an indigenous future can be imagined.
Co-Sponsored by Africana & Latin American Studies Program; ALANA Cultural Center; Colgate Arts Council; Colgate Live Music Collective; CORE Communities Program; Film and Media Studies Program; Department of History; W. M. Keck Center for Language Study; Department of Music; Native American Studies Program; Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; and Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Refreshments provided. All are welcome.

Reception begins at 4:00 PM.  Lecture begins at 4:15 PM.

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