Last Dance for the Aztec Emperor

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Last Dance for the Aztec Emperor

 

 

According to the oral tradition, 23rd of February is considered to be the day of birth of the last Aztec Emperor – Cuauhtémoc. According to the same tradition, after his execution, the loyal Aztec warriors have smuggled his remains into his birthplace – a small mountain town of Ixcateopan in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico.

For the Indigenous population of Mexico, Cuauhtémoc is a symbol of resistance against Spaniards and the emblem of ethnical and cultural identity, so no surprise that during the period of five days celebration, the town is invaded by Aztec Dancers from all over the country for a five days drumming and pounding the sacred grounds in order to reconnect, reunite and to dance away all the imposed bullshit that they were forced to carry for the last 500 years.