Bloody roots: Indigeneity and decolonization in the Latin American metal scene

Date created: 
2020-08-27
Identifier: 
etd21040
Keywords: 
Decolonization
Latin America
Extreme metal
Indigeneity
Colonization
Music
Abstract: 

There is a strong heavy metal scene across Latin America, and within this scene Extreme metal bands incorporate and fuse regional indigenous sounds, images, and lyrics in the music. The central question and concern: how are decolonization expressed and carried out by the incorporation of local indigenous elements into the Heavy Metal genre in Mexico and El Salvador's heavy metal music scene? How can Extreme Metal be used as a viable tool towards decolonization and education? Music is an important form of art that enables a space for dialogue that can challenge dominant narratives, or to bridge an indigenous root that colonization has historically undermined. Colonial experiences in Latin America do not go unchallenged. The concern is to understand this decentralization of cultural diffusion and how it is a mechanism for decolonization. Indigenous sounds and culture are incorporated in fusion with American Heavy Metal framework that can become an educational tool for indigeneity and resistance towards colonial histories

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights: 
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
Gary McCarron
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology: School of Communication
Thesis type: 
(Extended Essay) M.A.
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