Fonds 32 - Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio fonds

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Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio fonds

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3.5 cm of textual records
1,315 photographs

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Blanca Muratorio is a Professor Emeritus in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Argentina, Blanca Muratorio received her Ph.D. at U.C.-Berkeley in 1972 and later moved to Vancouver to join the faculty of Anthropology at UBC. Her ethnographic area of focus is Latin America. Her research interests include Anthropology and History, visual anthropology, oral histories, Amazonian societies, women in the Third World, religion and ethnicity. Her publications include “The Life and Times of Grandfather Alonso, Culture and History in the Upper Amazon”, “Protestantism and Capitalism Revisited, in the Rural Highlands of Ecuador”, “Protestantism, Ethnicity, and Class in Chimborazo”, “Indigenous Women’s Identities and the Politics of Cultural Reproduction in the Ecuadorian Amazon”, “Rucuyaca Alonso y la Historia Social y económica del Alto Napo: 1850-1950.” Now retired, she recently returned to live in Argentina with her husband Ricardo.

Ricardo Muratorio is a Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Argentina, Ricardo Muratorio received his MA at U.C.-Berkeley in the 1970s and later moved to Vancouver to join the faculty of the Anthropology-Sociology Department at UBC. He is now retired, and recently returned to live in Argentina with his wife Blanca. Ricardo Muratorio has published a number of works including “A Feast of Color, Corpus Christi Dance Costumes of Ecuador: From the Olga Fisch Collection” in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute.

In 2010, Blanca Muratorio donated over 200 objects to the Museum of Anthropology’s Multiversity Gallery.

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The fonds consist of slides taken by Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio relating to fieldwork, folk arts and crafts of Ecuador and Peru taken by Blanca and Ricardo Muratorio. The colour photographs relate to the Corpus Christi [Ecuador] fiesta and dancers and the 1998 exhibit at the UBC Museum of Anthropology of works for sale by Andean artists, “Images of Andean Lives.”

Textual records consist of Ricardo Muratorio’s report on folk art, and materials relating to two exhibitions which took place at the Museum of Anthropology: the poster and Spanish text for “Images of Andean Lives” [1998] and an invitation for “Sewing Dissent: Patterns of Resistance in Chile” [1987].

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Material donated to the Museum of Anthropology by Blanca Muratorio in 2011.


The slides were originally housed in five slide binders with information about each provided by the Muratorios. The description of the files relates to this original order and contains as much original descriptive information as possible. Slides are arranged in an order identical to the creator’s arrangement.

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  • Spanish

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The majority of the fonds, such as Ricardo Muratorio’s manuscript, most of the notes and slide descriptions are in Spanish. Translations have been provided by the archivist where possible.

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See attached pdf document for file list.

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CCMA fonds - Parallel accessions:

  • Video 267 (Blanca Muratorio Corpus Christi video, related to MOA objects 2738/61, 62, 69-72)
  • CD10a-b (visual ethnography PowerPoint presentations by Blanca Muratorio)

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  • 1,233 photographs : col. slides,
  • 60 photographs : col.,
  • 22 photographs : negatives,
  • 3.5 cm of textual records


Slides and photographic negatives have been removed from their original sleeves, placed in chemically inert sleeves in acid free boxes.

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Created in MemoryBC 15 December 2012.
Copied into Atom by Katie Ferrante 17 November 2015.
File list attached December 8, 2015

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