Residency: September 2013 – June 2014
Research Project: Performing with the Sacred: A Study of Ritualistic Music among the Huastec Nahuas
Research Interests: ethnomusicology, Huastec Nahuatl, indigenous groups, music and natural landscape, performance and 'affects,' sacred and vernacular music from Mexico
Public Talk: "Music and Emotions in the Nahua Religious Life" on April 23, 2014
Veronica Pacheco is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of ethnomusicology at the UCLA. She received an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, Canada and a B.A. in musicology from Tel Aviv University, Israel. At the last stage of her program, she is writing a dissertation that explores relationships between music and religious rituals within the nahuas of the Huastec region, Mexico. This study brings into the epistemological discussion the relevance of cultural practices for minority social groups in the 21st century, and portrays the manner in which these societies balance their lives with their traditions, other cultural groups, the mainstream Mexican society and the global world. Pacheco has conducted ethnographic research with Bedouins in Israel and Huaves, Chontales and Nahuas in Mexico. Currently, she is actively involved with the practice and performance of 'son jarocho' (folk music from southern Veracruz) and continues to work on her Nahuatl language skills (Huastec variant).