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.
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Video directed, edited and shot by Hannah Anderson. Produced by the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Communications Team.
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Photo: A Mazatec shaman performs a healing ceremony, in student Lucila Carballo’s documentary Idalia and the Niño Santo. Photo courtesy of Lucila Carballo.