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Danza Sarawja: Circling Through Histories

Behind every great dance is a rich and complex history. The danza Sarawja, presented at the 2015 Folklife Festival, exemplifies the mix of Spanish and pre-Inka traditions in Peru. In the Moquegua Region of the southern Andean highlands, the Tixani Valley communities inherited many pre-Inka traditions, but, as … Continue reading Danza Sarawja: Circling Through Histories

The Wachiperi: Defending Our Culture, Resisting Our Disappearance

The Wachiperi were easy to spot at the 2015 Folklife Festival, in their hand-painted, hand-cut cushmas, beige tunics stretched from the fiber of tree bark. The men and women from this remote community in the Peruvian Amazon were often found demonstrating this traditional healing ceremonies, archery techniques, … Continue reading The Wachiperi: Defending Our Culture, Resisting Our Disappearance

Tutuma: “Negro Libre”

During the Community Concert on the last day of the 2015 Folklife Festival, vocalist Rosario Sonia Goyoneche Narciso led the Afro-Peruvian group Tutuma. She sang “Negro Libre,” a tribute to the history of Afro-Peruvians descended from enslaved Africans. Editing: Courtney Adkisson Filmography: Courtney Adkisson, Pruitt Allen, … Continue reading Tutuma: “Negro Libre”

Mate Burilado: Testimonies of Daily Life in Cochas Grande

Katya Canto and her sister Blanca have dedicated their lives to maintaining the Peruvian tradition of mate burilado, or gourd carving. Such gourds are intricate stories, recounting daily life in Cochas Grande, including children’s games and community festivals. I am grateful to Katya for sharing a piece of … Continue reading Mate Burilado: Testimonies of Daily Life in Cochas Grande

Marinera Norteña Dance with Dayan Aldana

Peruvian singer Dayan Aldana, now based in Centreville, Virginia, performed at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Community Days, honoring the changing traditions of Peruvians in the United States. She was joined by two young Marinera norteña dancers, Leonardo Ochoa and Alesandra Zavala. Editing: Brian Hart … Continue reading Marinera Norteña Dance with Dayan Aldana

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