Mimixtih, the Dance of the Fish

Mimixtih, la Danza de los Pescados

Object Details

Subject LanguageNahuatl, Guerrero
Language PID(s)ailla:119543
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleMimixtih, the Dance of the Fish
Language Community
Place CreatedSan Agustín Oapan, Guerrero
Date Created2005-06-28
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionSubgenre: religious dances.
This is the complete recording of Mimixtih, the Danza de los Pescados of Oapan. The entire troupe includes 6 pairs of dancers. Included are an A:ketspalin (alligator), Xo:wi:lin (catfish), and Xino:lah (a man dressed as a woman, she is the second dancer from the front on the right line). Cirino Esteva learned this dance from his father, Eligio Esteva. Previously I had recorded a shortened and commentated version of this dance. The final part of the dance (track 7) includes a section in which the fisherman catch fish, count them, and then do battle with the A:ketspalin.
These are the individual parts:
I001: ikwaak kalakih;
I002: korraliitoh;
I003: krusaadoh;
I004: naakiah oontlachiah;
I005: nootsiinpatiliah;
I006: korraliitoh tlatlakapaaniah;
I007: tlatlamah tlapowah noowiitekih;
I008: yaa kiisah
An interview in which Sr. Esteva discusses this dance can be found in NAH003R021.
GenresInstrumental music
Source Notedigital_5:10:8 files
Contributor(s) Individual / RoleAmith, Jonathan (Researcher)
Esteva, Cirino (Speaker)
Contributor(s) Corporate / Role