LCA Next Stop: Anthropology, Part Two

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lucila Carballo delved into a Mexican mystic for her Master of Arts creative work project, a short documentary filmed on location in Oaxaca. Carballo represents the Anthropology Department in the seventh episode of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ video series, “Next Stop.”

Idalia and the Niño Santo follows the life of a 31-year-old Mazatec shaman in rural Oaxaca. Idalia often conducts healing rituals through a hallucinogenic mushroom called the niño santo, which translates to “holy child.” She also works for the Mexican government as a liaison between pregnant Mazatec women and their midwives and doctors.

“I think Idalia is a very interesting character because she is navigating these different paradigms: the animist, the scientific, the Catholic,” Carballo says. “What I hope to show, through this intimate portrait, [are] the larger historical and social tensions regarding ethnicity, Westernization and alternative conceptions of the self.”

Carballo adds that she hopes her film sparks discussion about indigenous feminine identities.

LCA Next Stop

LCA Next Stop features interviews with students and faculty in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. Enjoy showcases of schools and departments from multiple perspectives.

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Video directed, edited and shot by Hannah Anderson. Produced by the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Communications Team.


Photo: A Mazatec shaman performs a healing ceremony, in student Lucila Carballo’s documentary Idalia and the Niño Santo. Photo courtesy of Lucila Carballo.

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