This ethnographic film portrays the Lutu Chuktiwa (Cutting the Cord) ceremony of the Yoeme (Yaqui) Indians. Filming in Potam Pueblo, one of the eight original pueblos of the Yoeme people in Sonora, Mexico, Dr. David Shorter was the first to record the Lutu Chuktiwa, which takes place one year after someone's death to release the family and community from mourning. After completing a rough cut of the film, Shorter then took the footage to Yoeme communities in Arizona, providing viewers handheld audio recorders. Their responses constitute the narration of the film, telling stories that are born from the images of the ceremony. Lutu Chuktiwa asks viewers to consider contemporary indigenous life ways, how to represent others, and how we maintain our culture between a past and a future.
PLEASE NOTE: Engineered for stereo output. Please use headphones if available.