The Concheros

The Concheros

Danzantes concherosThe origin of the Concheros exists in the narration of the fundamental myth of the city of Queretaro. It is said that on July 25th, 1531 on the hill now known as Sangremal, the conquistadores, at the mercy of the Spanish crown, joined forces with a local Otomi lord named Conín to battle the rebel Chichimecas. Chronicles of this event state that the natives were at the point of winning when a total eclipse of the sun occurred. This supposedly scared the natives and the Spanish claimed to have seen an image of Saint James (the patron saint of Spain) mounted on a white stallion carrying a luminous cross. This event caused the Chichimecas to surrender and at the call “He is God!” they began to dance and worship the cross.

For some investigators, dances like the Concheros are the result of a liberating action from the pre-hispanic cultures; acting as a response to adapting and surviving the violent invasion that persists through modern day. Their rituals stem from a deceitful and simulated submission that manifested itself in religion. However, this passive resistance allowed for indigenous towns to continue with their customs and cult to their deities, without opposing themselves to baptisms and imposed holidays.

Danzantes concherosPart of the film addresses the chronology of the organization and development of these rituals and ceremonies. The film also shows how at the same time, this coexistence, where in theory people offer the best of themselves creates an utopic fraternity that then creates intertwining situations in the eternal search for power

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