DANCE OF THE FISH

The word Michoacan translates loosely as Posessors of Fish - and though the word itself is Nahuatl, it is an ackowledgment that the Purhepecha people were the owners of this territory where the fish come from.  The band members are dressed in red pants and golden blouses, each playing a different brass instrument or percussion instrument.  The men are dressed in the traditional white outfits with the red ties commonly seen in the Michoacan Highland celebrations.  One man is dancing with a fish, to represent what this celebration is for.  The fish remain a significant part of Purhepecha diet in this region, though are faced by environmental threats and shrinking water levels.

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