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By Lourdes Arizpe

The texts offered during this publication hint the increase of tradition as a big drawback for improvement, foreign international relations, sustainability and nationwide politics during the last 20 years. As an enormous player in anthropological box study, suggest for cultural freedom and decision-maker in foreign courses on tradition, the writer offers a firsthand account of the trade-offs, the contradictions and the administration of consensus in those fields. She argues that the constitutive, sensible and instrumental points of cultural narratives demand a closer knowing of data, resulting in cultural and social sustainability within the framework of a "new worlding". some of the texts amassed the following have been provided on the United international locations basic meeting and different high-level overseas conferences. lots of the texts are unpublished; a few have been first released in Spanish and are actually on hand in English for the 1st time.

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Just as practitioners of ritual dances, as in this example, create decision-making structures that allow ritual leaders to arbitrate between the differing interpretations of the Conchero Dance, it seems to me that, in a sense, we anthropologists pursue a similar endeavour. Anthropological tradition creates the intellectual and scientific codes and metonymies that allow us, first, to identify and classify the diversity of cultural practitioners’ versions of their own social practices, and then, to arbitrate between them as we construct the best possible narrative of such practices.

We must then, as Maurice Bloch argues, ‘read people’s minds’. I would like to apply this method to the present form of the Aztec Dance, as briefly described in the following pages. 5 Reading the Mind of an Aztec Dancer The ethnographic example I will use to illustrate this proposition is the recently reconstructed ‘Aztec Dance’ in villages of the state of Morelos in Mexico. In carrying out a large project for the safeguarding of what is now called ‘intangible cultural heritage’ in central Mexico, I was struck by the successive reorganization of a neo-indigenous dance, originally called the Conchero Dance, which has now ramified into different organizations and styles of dance, one of which is called the Aztec Dance.

4 These, we argued, should emphasize inclusive growth, promoting sustainable patterns of production and consumption, developing open and accountable institutions, and forging global partnerships. In this international arena, arbitration is based on geopolitical considerations that go through countless rounds of lobbying and political negotiation until a consensus is reached. Using Maurice Bloch’s terms, what is interesting in such negotiations is that one is continuously ‘reading the minds’ of diplomats and politicians as they waver in their decisions according to constantly shifting agreements, disagreements and alliances.

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