January 8, 2011 Christa Cesario, PhD Candidate in Anthropology,
Pennsylvania: "Reimagining Ritual in La Mission, San Francisco, CA"
The presentation discussed how a Mayan agricultural
ritual in Yucatán, Mexico becomes reimagined by Yucatecan
immigrants in the urban space of San Francisco, California.
Christa Cesario is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the
University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research explores
how we think about, and respond to, perceived crises of culture and
language loss. As a member of the Maya Area Cultural Heritage
Initiative, under the direction of Dr. Patricia A. McAnany, Christa
participated in the production of En
el Camino de Nuestros Antepasados, On the Road of Our Ancestors,
an educational film addressing issues surrounding Maya cultural
heritage in Yucatán, Mexico. Her work with the Penn
Cultural Heritage Center, directed by Richard M. Leventhal, includes
coordination of the 2008 conference Indigenous Views of Cultural
Heritage and Preservation, held at the Penn Museum, and the
assessment of a community center in Acopía, Peru.
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