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Tzimtzuntzan, el lugar de los colibríes -- otra vez / Tzintzuntzan, place of the hummingbords -- again, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo-Alfredo Zalce.  Edited and designed by Brenda J. Brown.  Published by ESTAMPAS, distributed beyond Mexico by University Press of Florida. Bilingual (Spanish and English). 128 pages.  Documenta of project and exhibited works with eight essays:  INAH archaeologists Jasinto Robles-Camacho and Arturo Oliveros-Morales discuss the Tzintzuntzan site in terms of its archeological significance; Rodrigo Sigal, director, Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) writes about the persistent efforts necessary to realize an artistic vision; Brenda Brown and Roberto-Lindig-Cisneros, co-chairs of the Tzintzuntzan Hummingbird Habitat Working Group, conceptually and temporally  

anchor the project in this reproduction of their 2011 project proposal; ecologist Susan Galatowitsch (University of Minnesota) puts the Tzintzuntzan project into a global perspective, highlighting  its unique natural and cultural connections and their significance given the importance given to  cultural services in ecological restoration by the United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment;  restoration ecologist Roberto Lindig-Cisneros and ornithologist Jorge Schondube (both of Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas [CIECO] at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México [UNAM]) discuss their considerations of birds and plants in recreating habitat;  ecologists Consuelo Bonfil (UNAM), Daniela Fernández y Fernández  (Director, Botanical Garden, Taxco, Guerrero), Mario González-Espinosa (El Colegio de la Frontiera Sur), survey past and present Mexican ecological restoration and ongoing related research; Brenda J. Brown gives an account of the project's inception and the evolution of the exhibited work; art historian Andrea Silva Cadena (Universidad de Michoacana de San Nicolás) considers the exhibition in the light of the Plancarte Codex, a pictographic, post-Hispanic document by indigenous people recounting a mythological journey through ancient Purépecha territory; composer Richard Festinger (San Francisco State University) discusses Brenda Brown's work with landscapes as/of sound, particularly works he has experienced and on which he has collaborated; architect Robert B. Riley,  (Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) interviews Brenda Brown about the Tzintzuntzan project and her work over the past 30 years.
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