In the Mexican state of Veracruz, a gravity-defying dance is helping the Totonac people remember their roots.

The “Voladores” of Papantla have been flying high for centuries, seeking to transcend their physical environment, enter a spiritual realm and express love for the natural world.

Produced by Amado Treviño and Frederick Bernas, this multimedia documentary gains rare access to a community striving to preserve its heritage against the odds.

FULL TEXT AND PHOTO REPORT – published by Roads & Kingdoms:

SHORT DOC – broadcast on BBC World News and

SPECIAL THANKS to Roberto Hidalgo for making this project possible.

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