Los Matachines

Matachines with buffalo

Before the performance of Los Comanches, dancers filed out of the Alcalde church and performed Los Matachines, a folk dance that involves a monarch, a bride, a bull, and buffalo with whips. The costumes were AMAZING, but I couldn’t justify filming the dancers since they didn’t fit into my project (hello no budget!). Luckily, Nic took a bit of video.

Here’s a nice article that summarizes the symbolism and possible historical origins of both Los Matachines and Los Comanches.

2 thoughts on “Los Matachines

  1. Thank you for posting this video. I grew up in a house about 300 yards from St. Anne’s church where this was filmed last year. The houses in closer proximity to the church belong to some of my cousins. The Malinche was one of my young cousins and I am certain that I am related to some of the other dancers as well. My mother passed away less than two weeks after this video was shot and I just didn’t have the heart to go to the dances this year and receive condolences or answer questions from well intentioned friends and family. I don’t think I realized how much I missed them and how it didn’t feel like 2009 ended until I watched the video. I’m glad I had a chance to wrap up 2009 “right” even if it was only on the internet. Thanks. God bless you.

  2. Wow, I’m so sorry for your loss, and I’m glad that this little poor quality video can still serve to document these amazing dancers and musicians. Take care in the New Year.

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