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Type: Paper
Paper Title: CLAY GRIDDLES AND BASKET MAKING: GENDERED TECHNOLOGIES OF THE HOUSE AT CUENTEPEC, MEXICO
Author: SANDRA LOPEZ VARELA (Universidad Autonoma Estado de Morelos)   
Date/Time: Thu., 3:00 PM
Co-Author(s): SANDRA LOPEZ VARELA (Universidad Autonoma Estado de Morelos) 
Abstract: The Cuentepec kitchen materializes the symbolic practices of mourning, divination, and pacifying hunger with the aid of San Miguel Arcángel in the making of clay griddles and basket making. At the house, the chiquihuitero works within well-defined cultural boundaries from those of the comalera. For generations, the house embodied the knowledge of both technologies with their marriage, reproducing the meanings of the griddles and the baskets in every ritual. Poverty has forced the chiquihuitero to abandon his craft. In the midst of resistance, the testimony of one of the last basket makers at Cuentepec illustrates the adaptation and innovation of the technological choices he has to make to maintain the identity of the chiquihuite within the spaces of modernity.

Program Number: 2-0840
Session Title: CERAMIC ECOLOGY XXIV: CURRENT RESEARCH ON CERAMICS 2010
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Thu., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities) 
Chair(s): CHARLES KOLB (National Endowment for the Humanities)  
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