On Saturday, February 14th, the Society was pleasantly diverted by a
trip to the movies with Dr. Richard Shupp, a professor at Lafayette University
and member of our society. Using clips from many obscure films, Rich
showed the stereotypes and inaccuracies that pervade portrayals of
Pre-Columbian people of Latin America in Hollywood films. The Aztecs, of course, have been portrayed as the most bloodthirsty group. The crazed Aztec priest was a favorite subject for such memorable films as "Q" (Quetzacoatl as a giant flying snake!), "Mardi Gras Massacre", and "I'm Dangerous Tonight ." There was even a whole series of Aztec Mummy films (rush to the video store!) The Inca have had a unique place in the annals of "B" films; they seem to have become linked with extraterrestrials, and of course, Macchu Picchu is the most photogenic backdrop! Mexico has welcomed American filmmakers to their many Pre-Columbian sites, so one can find Mayan and Zapotec backdrops in the most unlikely places! Look for all of these on Richard's website: http://easdnet1.eastonsd.org/hdfric.
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