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Ashford University and PanamaTipico.com conduct joint anthropological fieldwork at the Manito Festival 2018


[Our base was Hotel La Guindavela, located in the outskirts of Ocu.]

Our base was Hotel La Guindavela, located in the outskirts of Ocu.


[One of the research methods used in this campaign was the semi-structured ethnographic interview. Here we pose with two of our interviewees, Mr. Olmedo Carrasquilla Alberola and Mrs. Carmen Carrasquilla.]

One of the research methods used in this campaign was the semi-structured ethnographic interview. Here we pose with two of our interviewees, Mr. Olmedo Carrasquilla Alberola and Mrs. Carmen Carrasquilla.


[We also had the opportunity to perform direct and participant observation beginning with the preambles of the Manito Festival.]

We also had the opportunity to perform direct and participant observation beginning with the preambles of the Manito Festival.


[A very nice event we witnessed was the Pre-Manito at the local elementary school.]

A very nice event we witnessed was the Pre-Manito at the local elementary school.


[The observed official events of the Manito Festival started with the Crowning of the Queen for 2018.]

The observed official events of the Manito Festival started with the Crowning of the Queen for 2018.


[Another of our many interviews was the one with Mr. Yin Carrizo, an iconic folk musician from Ocu and Panama.]

Another of our many interviews was the one with Mr. Yin Carrizo, an iconic folk musician from Ocu and Panama.


[On Friday, we followed the children's folk contests.]

On Friday, we followed the children's folk contests.


[Saturday began with the Traditional Wedding.]

Saturday began with the Traditional Wedding.


[Next, we documented the adult contests. Many of them were sponsored by Melo Group. Later during the campaign, we interviewed one of the company's managers, Mr. Victor Zarate.]

Next, we documented the adult contests. Many of them were sponsored by Melo Group. Later during the campaign, we interviewed one of the company's managers, Mr. Victor Zarate.


[Dr. Janni Pedersen, our mission chief, had the opportunity to pose with one of the member of the Authentic Manitos, the keepers of the traditions of Ocu.]

Dr. Janni Pedersen, our mission chief, had the opportunity to pose with one of the member of the Authentic Manitos, the keepers of the traditions of Ocu.


[Late night on Saturday, we observed one of the most important events of the festival: The Duel at the Tamarind.]

Late night on Saturday, we observed one of the most important events of the festival: The Duel at the Tamarind.


[On Sunday, we observed the Traditional Parade, which is the last mass event of the festival.]

On Sunday, we observed the Traditional Parade, which is the last mass event of the festival.


[This is the team that conducted fieldwork for our 2018 campaign at Ocu: Marino Jaen Espinosa, Janni Pedersen, Valerie Moreno Barria and Sashur Henninger-Rener.]

This is the team that conducted fieldwork for our 2018 campaign at Ocu: Marino Jaen Espinosa, Janni Pedersen, Valerie Moreno Barria and Sashur Henninger-Rener.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2018-09-09

For the third year in a row, PanamaTipico.com participated in a joint scientific mission with anthropologists from Ashford University of San Diego, California. The goal for this campaign was to study many aspects of the Manito Festival at Ocu, Panama.

Before, during and after the festival we conducted semi-structured ethnographic interviews with founders, organizers, participants and sponsors of the festival; as well as with handcrafters, business owners and local authorities. Also, we took eighty surveys among festival visitors. Additionally, we performed both participant and direct observation of the festival activities, audiovisually documenting them.

From Ashford University, participants of the study are Dr. Janni Pedersen, Dr. Kathryn Sorensen, Sashur Henninger-Rener and Jason Lee. From PanamaTipico.com, participants are Marino Jaen Espinosa and Valerie Moreno Barría.

Results will help increase knowledge of cultural, touristic and economic aspects of the Manito Festival, in particular, and of heritage festive events of Panama, in general. Information will be presented in conferences, published and shared with the community of Ocu.

We would like to say thank you to the generous people of Ocu for their hospitality and disposition to share their culture, as authentically represented by the Manito Festival, with us. Also, thanks to Mrs. Ana Cristina Espinosa Hernandez for sending us the picture of the school function.


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