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Saving Peru’s Endangered Languages

As the Perú: Pachamama program opened on the National Mall, the Peruvian Ministry of Education announced a new policy officially recognizing the alphabets of twenty-four indigenous languages. “In this way,” the policy states, “the right of children to be educated in their own native language is respected.” Some … Continue reading Saving Peru’s Endangered Languages

Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

The Peru program at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes its name from Pachamama, translating to “Mother Earth” in the native Quechua and Aymara languages. Pachamama is central to the many peoples of Peru; in order to fully understand and celebrate their cultures, we need … Continue reading Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

The Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho is part of a larger community ensemble that performs for fiestas, funerals, and other town events. They practice the huayno, a traditional genre with Andean roots that incorporates both pre-Hispanic and Western musical elements. While the 2015 Folklife Festival was … Continue reading Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

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