Indigenous Performance





Luis Milliones is a Professor Emeritus of Universidad Nacional San Cristóbal de Huamanga (Ayacucho, Peru) and Professor of the Literature Doctorate program of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. He was a visiting Professor at the University of Texas, Austin (1987), Stanford (1986) and Princeton (1991). He is a researcher for the Seminario Interdisciplinario de Estudios Andinos (Lima, Peru) and also a researcher at the Museo Etnológico Nacional de Japón in 1980 and 2000. He has published several works on Andean religions and ethnicity. He is the author of Dioses Familiares: Festivales Populares en el Perú Contemporáneo (Familiar Gods: Popular Festival in Contemporary Peru) (2001); Perú: el Legado de la Historia (Peru: the legacy of History) and Dioses y Demonios del Cuzco (Gods and Devils of Cuzco) (2001).

Thomas Abercombie (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1986) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at NYU. Based on his first field work in a Bolivian Aymara pueblo and his historical researches in both Spanish and Bolivian archives, he has published several articles. He is the author of Ethnology and History of an Andean People (University of Wisconsin, 1998) about social memory as displayed in rituals and other performances, poetically organized (such as dance, storytelling, drinking). He has also worked on the orureño Carnival and the history of festival performances among people (or "popular class") in an Andean city. He is involved with gender issues and the study of storytelling in cases of transgression of social norms.

Zeca Ligiero received his Doctorate in Performance Studies from NYU. He is the founder and coordinator of NEPPA at UNIRIO. He is a theater director, artist, writer and co-founder of the graduate and the doctorate programs in theater at UNIRIO where he has taught since 1989. He is the author of the essay "Candomblé is a religio-life-at" published in the book "Divine Inspiration" by New Mexico University Press. He is also the author of "Iniciação ao Candomblé" (Initiation to the Candomblé) (1993), "Umbanda: Paz, liberdade e cura"(Umbanda: Peace, freedom and healing) (1998) and "Carmen Miranda: An Africa-Brazilian Paradox"(to be released soon). He is an expert in both Brazilian and Afro-Indigenous performance studies.