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Ethnographic and discursive audiovisual corpus of Tseltal

Ethnographic and discursive audiovisual corpus of Tseltal

Language: Tseltal, Tzeltal [tzh]

Depositor: Gilles Polian

Location: Mexico

Summary of deposit

This deposit contains a wide variety of recordings of spoken Tseltal, including prayers, interviews, conversations and narrative from eight different places (corresponding to different dialects of Tseltal); Bachajón, Cancuc, Oxchuc, Tenejapa, Guaquitepec, Tenango, Villa Las Rosas and Yajalón. Part of these recordings come with their transcription and translation to Spanish, and for some a translation into English is provided as well.

Group represented

Tseltal speakers from 8 different villages

Deposit contents

This documentation project resulted in many videos, depicting the various (religious) events that are known to the people living in the villages surrounding the Mexican town of San Cristobal de las Casas, where the different dialects of Tseltal are spoken.

Special Characteristics

The collection contains rich materials documenting the various traditions that are known to the speakers of Tseltal. An example of a topic that has been recorded in the village of Oxchuc can be found under the Resources tab via this link, documenting various activities carried out in relation to the sowing of corn. Prayers are performed in preparation of the planting of the seeds. Another example can be found under Resources via the link to the bundle of Tenejapa Chacoma skin ja recordings. These recordings cover the yearly festival of the water springs. Each year the festival takes place over three consecutive Thursdays in the month of May. The recordings document the procession of the people to the church to make offerings to Saint Ildefonso. Prayers are performed asking for the blessing of the water sources and the people of the community. These and other traditional festivities and rituals have been widely documented, which makes this a valuable collection.

Other information

See also: Corpus of spoken Central Tseltal
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