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NICH, Ketchi Maya Community revitalizes and safeguards Ketchi Maya flute and drumming music

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2022. 9:55 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Over the weekend, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and members of the Ketchi Maya Community in Southern Belize launched a collection of traditional Ketchi Maya Flute and Drumming music.

Ernesto Saqui from the community of Maya Centre was instrumental in leading this initiative and through collaboration with musicians from Silver Creek worked on digitally recording and producing the traditional flute and drumming music.

At the event, the traditional Cortez Dance was also highlighted and reintroduced after many years of non-practice.

The dance featured 4 dancers and coordinators are hoping for a full return in Easter of 2023 since the dance calls for a participation of a total of 30 dancers.

“The National Institute of Culture and History is a proud sponsor of this initiative and remains dedicated to creating an enabling environment for the development, conservation, promotion, expression and accessibility of culture in all its forms,” NICH said in a statement.

NICH was represented at the event by the Acting Director of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Rolando Cocom and the Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Melissa Badillo.

 

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