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Title Spirit doctors / by Monica Delgado and Michael Van Wagenen
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (27 min.)
Summary Folk healing has been part of the Mexican culture since pre-Columbian days. This tradition still flourishes in the Mexican American communities of the lower Rio Grande Valley. This film follows three healers in their daily work. Josefa, a traditional curandera, uses a variety of herbal and spiritual techniques. She is shown giving blessings, performing ritual cleansings and communicating the wandering soul of the dead man. Maria heals her patients by channeling the spirit of Mexico's most famous healer who died sixty years ago. Trini is a traditional partera, or midwife. She plays an important role in the community where one third of all births take place outside of the hospital. Filmmaker Monica Delgado is herself a descendant of a curandera and partera. These cameo portraits show how traditional beliefs flourish in Mexican American culture
Notes Originally released as DVD
Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Audience For College; Adult audiences
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Healers -- Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Healing -- Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Mexican Americans -- Medicine -- Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Traditional medicine -- Texas -- Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Delgado, Monica.
Van Wagenen, Michael.