Between four small Andean communities in the region of Quehue, Peru, the last remaining Inka rope bridge stretches across the Apurímac River. Its name is Q’eswachaka, from the Quechua words q’eswa (rope) and chaka (bridge).
As an aspiring musicologist participating in the Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program, I was asked to write about my experience at the 2015 Folklife Festival. Like a good student, I challenged myself to rethink the traditional approach to writing about music. It was difficult to … Continue reading Wembler’s a la Huancaína: The Confluence of Smellscapes and Soundscapes
Only July 2, the 2015 Folklife Festival welcomed a special guest to the Perú: Pachamama program: two-time Latin Grammy winner Susana Baca. Drawing inspiration from her upbringing in the fishing village of Chorrillos outside of Lima and blending musical traditions of the region with a contemporary sound, Baca … Continue reading Susana Baca: “Negra Presuntuosa”
Stroll down the streets of Monsefú along the northern coast of Peru in July, and you are bound to catch a scrumptious whiff of garbanzos con pavo horneado. This meal is traditionally served at weddings but is also served in large quantities at the town’s … Continue reading Recipes from Peru: Garbanzos Norteños
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. Now that the Folklife Festival is over, I had time to visit The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire … Continue reading Exploring with Ellie: Following the Great Inka Road
The Perú: Pachamama program at the 2015 Festival featured a group of traditional weavers from the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, including Timoteo Ccarita Sacaca, a Cusco native. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about this venerable craft. In this video, Timoteo explains why he … Continue reading Timoteo Ccarita Sacaca: Weaving with Pleasure
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