Metamorfosis Documentation Project is a nonprofit organization based on a belief in the richness and importance of cultural traditions, focusing on cross cultural rituals and dances in the Americas. We believe valuing historic cultures and rituals is necessary for these societies to survive and thrive in the modern world.
Through collaborative projects with mestizo and indigenous communities, we document and support rituals and dances in their own cultural settings and share them with a wider audience, fostering an understanding of distinct cultures.
The communities we work with are being influenced by outside cultures, threatening their social and cultural identity and sense of self-worth. Our documentation of their dances and rituals, by itself, is not an adequate response to the threats facing them. In collaboration with the communities, we create a related project in which the materials resulting from the documentation are returned for their use. The documentation is no longer merely preserving a snapshot of a culture in time, but serving to empower these communities and reinvigorate these traditions.
An artistic and educational endeavor, our process is designed to foster respect and support for all cultures. Through our public presentation of the results of these projects including documentary film screenings, submissions to film festivals, lectures, photographic exhibitions, web presentations, and related art works we offer opportunities for wider audiences to experience an inside look at cultures and community rituals markedly different from their own.