In the late s she took a more documentarian interest in the practice and ritual of Haitian vodoun. In this respect, her work served as an advance in the ethnographic documentation of rituals: Her unique study of the origin of myth in Voudoun and its ritual enactment remains an important background for understanding her ground-breaking method of representation. The Legend of Maya Deren: Sign in via your Institution.
Several references are made in Divine Horsemen to the ineffective methods of other studies including those of Herskovits.
Her parents immigrated to Syracuse, New York, when Maya was very young; she was a naturalized US citizen before she reached her teens. You can also tip my films on Vimeo, if you want. Indeed, the wealth of this material has produced one of the most complete biographies of an artist: Using a methodology that involved the sensorium as well as mechanical extensions of human perception, she provided a cartography of inner and outer domains of experience. Refreshing, but seeming a little out of place, Jane Brakhage Wodening and Barbara Hammer contribute personal stories, Wodening recounting anecdotes both first and second-hand, and Hammer describing the influence of Deren on her own filmmaking.