During the first Festival Community Day at the 2015 Festival, Peruvian dancer Steve Cotaquispe, who was born in Ayacucho, came from New York to present the danza de las tijeras—the scissors dance. Traditionally, two to four dancers perform, keeping rhythm with two piece of metal in the shape of scissors and … Continue reading Dancing with Scissors: La Danza de las Tijeras
The Folklife Festival grounds filled to the brim on this federal holiday, as thousands of tourists and D.C. residents got an intimate view of some of Peru’s cultural heritage and continued a nonstop schedule of artisan workshops and lively performances. You can see more photos by visitors in the 2015 … Continue reading Day 8: Top Ten Photos
Of the many animals significant to Peruvian traditional culture, one is especially celebrated in the Andes: the alpaca. Smaller than their llama cousins, alpacas are too small to use as pack animals but are bred and domesticated for their meat and their fiber, which is known to be much softer … Continue reading The Alpaca Blessing Ceremony
The members of Afro-Peruvian dance group Tutuma use their feet as percussion instruments with tap-like zapateado steps that have evolved from the historical dance traditions of enslaved Africans in Peru. Editing: Brian Hart Filmography: Marisol Medina-Cadena, Claudia Romano, Stephen Kolb, and LaQuinda Grimes
The Festival’s seventh day brought many important guests. The new Secretary of the Smithsonian , David Skorton, spent his second day on the job exploring the Perú: Pachamama program. Peruvian Ambassador Luis Miguel Castillo also joined Ed Avalos, the Undersecretary of Marketing at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the top of the Q’eswachaka … Continue reading Day 7: Top Ten Photos
During my summer as an intern at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C., I want to soak in as much of the city as possible. On June 29, I visited the National Air and Space Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium.
Peru is a country of great linguistic diversity. While Spanish is used widely throughout the country, Peru is also home to more than ninety indigenous languages. Most of these belong to unique language families. A language family is a group of related languages that developed from a common historic ancestor. … Continue reading The Languages of Peru