In preparation for documenting the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, I eagerly absorbed all the Perú: Pachamama online content in both excitement and effort to better understand what I would be filming. As soon I read about Radio Ucamara, I was hooked! Through participatory methods, this radio … Continue reading Radio Lucha: Broadcasting Kukama Language, Culture, and Contemporary Issues
Every July 15 to 18, the otherwise small, sleepy town of Paucartambo, Peru, becomes a kaleidoscope of color, music, and dance for the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen. One of the many dance troupes that performs in this annual religious festival is the elaborately … Continue reading The Blessing on the Mall
Agustín Lira & Alma chronicle the experiences and hidden histories of Chicano, Indigenous, and immigrant communities integral to California’s cultural fabric. At the 2015 Folklife Festival’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, the Fresno native played along with Patricia Wells Solórzano and Russell Rodriguez, program manager for the Alliance … Continue reading Agustín Lira & Alma: “Los Zapatistas”
The Perú: Pachamama program featured several chicha street artists, including Elliot Tupac, a Peruvian muralist and designer who hails from Lima. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about his art, his experience at the Festival, and why he feels urban art is important. In this video, Elliot walks … Continue reading Elliot Tupac: Capturing a Moment in a Mural
Editor’s note: Julie Freundt was a participant in Perú: Pachamama, as the lead singer for the music and dance ensemble Marinera Viva!!! After seeing the 2015 Folklife Festival video “Crossing,” she sent us these song lyrics and reflection about her experience. For two weeks this … Continue reading Building Bridges: A Festival Reflection from Julie Freundt
La Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen de Paucartambo represents a much larger celebration that pours into the small town of Paucartambo, Peru, every July to honor the town’s patron saint, the Virgin Mamacha Carmen. The dancers perform contradanza line dances and wear elaborate costumes … Continue reading La Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen de Paucartambo
Wherever you stood on the Folklife Festival grounds, the Q’eswachaka Bridge was always noticeable, drawing diverse crowds and intrigue. Across the span of two weeks, participants and visitors saw the Huinchiri women and men prepare and braid the q’oya fibers, lead ceremonies, and build the suspension rope bridge by hand, … Continue reading The Q’eswachaka from Cusco to D.C.