Today we live in a society that generally values the body as a productive tool, leaving aside its importance as an important part of our well-being as human beings. This problem has caused a series of individual and social behaviors, which determine the way in which we communicate, relate, express and create.
The Movement and Body Heritage program contributes to the reflection of this social dynamic, through methodologies that promote the recognition of the body and its movements as an essential part of our identity; develop new ways of spreading our cultural heritage; promote work dynamics that strengthen individual and collective confidence; and promote the use of creative knowledge of body arts in communities facing social problems. Resulting in audiovisual records of body movements, community mapping and social choreography.
The first action started was the Archive of Body Movements which seeks to investigate, preserve and promote the body movements carried out in the daily activities of indigenous communities in Mexico, which are being lost due to the socio-economic and cultural effects of the neoliberal model. In this sense, it proposes a series of actions for the revaluation of the corporal movement and the traditional ways of life creating a propositional continuity of those movements that are part of the identity of these communities and that can be a contribution for the new generations in terms of health, education, culture and arts.
Mexico is one of the countries with the greatest cultural wealth in America and the world, this is reflected in its archaeological, historical and artistic legacy and in the significant number of living indigenous communities in the country, which have been the basis of countless investigations in the heritage area, both material and immaterial.
Currently we can see that public policies regarding intangible heritage preservation have been extended to various areas such as: the actions taken by the INBA National Sound Archive for the preservation of sounds in danger of extinction (example: sound of the camotero or sound of the cylinder in the center of the Federal District), the Catalog of National Indigenous Languages developed by the National Institute of Indigenous Languages or the collection of choreographies of Mexican authors registered by CENIDI-Danza José Limón, among others. However, there is no action regarding the preservation of the only element that is inherent to any human activity; the body and its movement. The way in which man moves, linked to the everyday environment, is undoubtedly an important part of intangible cultural heritage and a key element in the full preservation of all intangible heritage.