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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

Radio Lucha: Broadcasting Kukama Language, Culture, and Contemporary Issues

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

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