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.
sound►culture is a Folklife Festival podcast series featuring stories, songs, and fieldwork gathered on the National Mall and around the world. Kukama is a “deeply endangered language” (according to the Endangered Languages Archive) spoken in the city of Nauta in the Peruvian Amazon. María Nashnato, … Continue reading sound►culture
A Kukama Language Lesson
During an evening concert at the 2015 Folklife Festival, Peruvian singer Julie Freundt dedicated this tondero song to José Antonio, the first breeder of the Peruvian Paso horse. She was joined by guitarist Santiago “Coco” Linares, percussionist Guillermo Javier Martínez, and Marinera Viva!!! dancer Giancarlo Bozzo. Filmography: Claudia Romano, … Continue reading Julie Freundt: Song for José Antonio
Sisters Katya and Blanca Canto Lazo are best known for their intricate gourd carvings, sold in their hometown of Huancayo, Peru, as well as in Anthropologie stores in the United States. But like many of the artisans at the 2015 Folklife Festival, they are multi-talented. … Continue reading Recipes from Peru: Papa a la Huancaína