Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

The Fiestas De San Pacho

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

The Fiestas De San Pacho

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The Fiest as de San Pacho (St. Francis of Assisi) in Quibdó, El Chocó, Colombia, are sixteen days of barrio-based parades and religious observations (and, in fact, less well-known activities start a month earlier). Some people criticize the fiestas as excessively secular, lacking seriousness and religious fervor. Others see them as little more than excuses for drunkenness and disorder, and still others object to the expenses that poor communities run up to support the parades. I have a different view; in an area where territory (in all its meanings) is a central social and political issue, I see these celebrations as an affirmation of community and a claim to belonging and ownership, as a form of cultural resistance. For a development of this idea, please see my article, "Las Fiestas de San Pacho en Quibdó, El Chocó: Punto de resistencia cultural comunitaria. …

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