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Frontera norte

On-line version ISSN 2594-0260Print version ISSN 0187-7372

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GONZALEZ VILLARRUEL, Alejandro Alfredo  and  GABAYET GONZALEZ, Natalia. Yuman Singers: Myths, Dreams, and Tradition. Frontera norte [online]. 2019, vol.31, e2039.  Epub Feb 05, 2020. ISSN 2594-0260.  http://dx.doi.org/10.33679/rfn.v1i1.2039.

This article seeks to outline some of the implications of the existence of singers in Yuman culture by examining how they are formed and why it is vital for the community to preserve these traditions. We focus on describing so-called identity creation, social specialization, and the origin of social hierarchy. Likewise, we endeavor to demonstrate the role singers play in their communities through anthropological literature, historical sources, and ethnography, on the basis of which we explored the life stories of three singers.

Keywords : Yuman culture; singers; ritual specialization; gourd rattle; Baja California.

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