On December 11, a traditional Kuri Kuri festival was held for the first time in the Central Courtyard of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), with the historical presence of more than 30 representatives of Yuman communities of Baja California, California and Arizona: Cocopah, Kiliwa, Kumiai and Paipai.
|Kuri Kuri Traditional Dance - Photo by Melitón Tapia, taken from the National Museum of Anthropology web page|
Cultural Authorities, singers and dancers did resound in the facility of one of the most important museums in Mexico. The National Museum of Anthropology opened its doors for the first time to the Yuman groups for a one of a kind celebration. Some of our guests were Mrs. Leonor Espinoza Farlow - Kiliwa Cultural Authority, Florentina Alvarez Flores - Santa Catarina Crone, Rachel Portillo - Major Cucapá Elder, Nicholas Wilson, Angel Alonso and Heavy - traditional singers and traditional governor of Pozas de Arvizu, Stan and Martha Rodriguez - Kumiais from Santa Ysabel and San Jose de la Zorra, respectively, Alan Hatcher - Cocopah Nation, Anselmo Dominguez Dominguez and Sergio Orozco Sandoval- Kumiai San Antonio Necua, Josefina Meza, Peña Blanca, Rito Silva Topete - Kumiai of San Jose de la Zorra and Chair of Native Artisans.
The museum's public had the opportunity to get to know the different song styles of the indigenous peoples, they were also able to get actively involved in the dances and listen to story telling in the Yuman languages of this region, in addition, they learned about the beautiful crafts made out of reed, willow, pine, beads and traditional toys, such as rag dolls and cucapá bearings.
This was an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of the cultural richness of the indigenous communities of the peninsula of Baja California.