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When the desert meets the sea: the annual journey of quitovaquenses to the San Jorge beach as a community of practice

Author(s): Selene Yuridia Galindo Cumplido

Year: 2017

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This paper presents an ethnographic account of the people of Quitovac, Sonoras yearly journey to the sea. The village is set amidst the Altar desert. Every year the people of this town take a trip to the Sea of Cortés and make the shore a very special place. I present this account from the perspective of communities of practice emphasizing how the activities they undertake are the result of a continual interaction between people and places and between the distinct actors present. I also take into account the ephemerality of the material remains of such an important ritual that leave scarce evidence of its importance. This interplay gives particular meaning to the encounter with the sea that result in reinforcement of community identities. Moreover, the details of dwelling at the sea are maintained and passed on through this yearly practice to folks that carry out their daily existence in their village in the desert.


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When the desert meets the sea: the annual journey of quitovaquenses to the San Jorge beach as a community of practice. Selene Yuridia Galindo Cumplido. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432122)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17612

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America