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Mate Burilado: Testimonies of Daily Life in Cochas Grande

Katya Canto and her sister Bianca 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

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

Agustín Lira & Alma: “Los Zapatistas”

Agustín Lira & Alma chronicle the experiences and hidden histories of Chicano, Indigenous, and immigrant communities integral to California’s cultural fabric. At the 2015 Folklife Festival’s Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert, the Fresno native played along with Patricia Wells Solórzano and Russell Rodriguez, program manager for the Alliance … Continue reading Agustín Lira & Alma: “Los Zapatistas”

The Q’eswachaka from Cusco to D.C.

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.

Julie Freundt: Song for José Antonio

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