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Universitas, Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas

versión On-line ISSN 1390-8634versión impresa ISSN 1390-3837


BRUZON DELGADO, Luis. Audiovisual ethnographic and tradition: a contribution to the identity and development of the municipality. The experience of San Juan Atitán (Guatemala). Universitas [online]. 2017, n.27, pp.45-65. ISSN 1390-8634.

This article summarizes the experience developed in the municipality of San Juan Atitán (Guatemala) by means of audio-visual ethnographic entitled “Los guardianes del tiempo”, which collects a tradition of election of local authorities which merges practices inherited from the Mayan and colonial eras. This tradition is relevant from different angles and a projection towards the development when implementing public policies for the strengthening of local governments. The custom was intended to be filmed and disseminated to assist in their tangibilizacion and perpetuation as intangible manifestation of cultural heritage and good practice of indigenous social organization. So we planned an approach to the reality of study with the purpose of contributing to the collective understanding of this practice and the strengthening of local identity, through community return. The research findings show the importance and validity of the audiovisual Ethnography applied to processes of cultural revitalization and local development as a way of contributing to the field of communication for social transformation in Central America.

Palabras clave : Audiovisual; ethnography; culture; tradition; indigenous; municipalism.

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