Human Studies Film Archives

Guide to Appeals to Santiago, 1969


Collection ID:
Wilson, Carter, 1941-
Metzger, Duane G., 1930-
Physical Description:
1 Film reel
29 minutes
color sound; 1080 feet
Linear feet

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
Edited film documents an eight-day Mayan Indian fiesta in Chiapas Mexico. In the mountain town of Tenejapa, the burden of giving celebrations for the town's patron saints falls on private individuals. The film follows two men through their duties to one of the saints, Santiago, which include ritual prayer and drinking sessions, offerings of candles, prayers and large public processions of the saint's images. Film made by Duane Metzger and Carter Wilson.
Collection also includes still photographs, correspondence, film review, production records.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.


Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Carter Wilson in 2005.

Digital Content

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Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Preferred Citation
Appeals to Santiago, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Local Number

Local Number
HSFA 2005.6.1


Keywords table of terms and types.
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