Dancing Cumbia in the Time of COVID: New Approaches to Collaborative Ethnography

Daniel Reyes (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

In this presentation, I’ll share excerpts from the podcast project “Dancing Cumbia in the Time of COVID.” The podcast explores how Durham-based dance group Takiri Folclor Latino adapted their rehearsals to meet the challenges of COVID-19 to create and maintain ritual spaces of healing, identity, and community. Just as Takiri adapted to the pandemic’s challenges, I also adapted my research methods: participating in Takiri’s online dance rehearsals, interviewing members via Zoom, and joining their WhatsApp group. This podcast is a culmination of thesis research during my folklore graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Part of 37-04 Place and Togetherness in COVID-19, Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm