Footage date-stamped 1 November 1997 from a nighttime ceremony includes music and various shots of candles, a cross, people kneeling and praying over
candles, flowers, and incense burner laid on the ground. Footage is dark.
Footage date-stamped 2 November 1997 from a daytime ceremony includes CUs of candles, flowers, graves and crosses in a cemetery. A man swings an incense
burner over candles. LS of people gathered at site. An older man is interviewed while lighting candles. He pours clear liquid from a bottle around the candles.
Interview with a woman and the man as she places candles on the ground and swings incense burner over the candles. LS three men play marimba while older man,
crying, swings incense burner over a site marked with flowers and candles. Various shots of marimba players and families gathered at the site, lighting candles and placing them on graves.
Interview with woman holding a young child. Footage date-stamped 2 November 1997 continues in a marketplace. Various shots of vendors selling fruit and
cloth, people walking around and buying goods. Shots of a man walking with bundles of fronds on his back. Shots of another man with incense burner and a woman lighting candles in a wooded area.
Marimba music is being played in the background. CU candles lit at memorial site. CU names of dead inscribed on monument. Low-angle CU of large white cross. Zoom and pan shot of a small altar
with candles. CU picture of Jesus. Various shots of memorial site with flowers, candles, fruit, marimba players, families gathered.
Footage date-stamped 30 November 1997 of a performance in ceremony/small festival at nighttime. Footage is very dark. There is a procession, speakers, dances
and performances. A performance takes place in which everyone is in costume and masks, dancing around the stage. Gradually more and more people join the performance, and soon the stage is
filled with people in various types of costumes doing different dances.
[Rites for people killed in Rio Negro massacre (All Saints Day) / Ceremony with young girls (elección de la madrona)]
Footage of various events in which people pay their respects for those killed in the Rio Negro massacre.
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1997/11/01 - 1997/11/30
armed conflict and persecution--genocide
armed conflict and persecution--mass killings
economic, social, and cultural rights--social and cultural rights--indigenous populations
advocacy, activism, and responses to persecution--memorials and commemoration events
Maya Achi People
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Municipio de Rabinal
North America--Guatemala--Departamento de Baja Verapaz--Río Negro
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