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Susana Baca: “Negra Presuntuosa”

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”

Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

The Peru program at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival takes its name from Pachamama, translating to “Mother Earth” in the native Quechua and Aymara languages. Pachamama is central to the many peoples of Peru; in order to fully understand and celebrate their cultures, we need … Continue reading Angel Callañaupa: Honoring Pachamama through Painting

Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

The Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho is part of a larger community ensemble that performs for fiestas, funerals, and other town events. They practice the huayno, a traditional genre with Andean roots that incorporates both pre-Hispanic and Western musical elements. While the 2015 Folklife Festival was … Continue reading Trío de Estudiantina Municipal de Ayacucho

Horses Who Dance? Meet the Moran Family’s Peruvian Pasos

When Wilde Moran moved to the United States, he opened the Rancho San Miguel de Aquia in Gainesville, Virginia, to raise Peruvian Paso horses. During a Festival Community Day at the Perú: Pachamama program, his daughter, Valerie Moran, shared the story of the unique breed to … Continue reading Horses Who Dance? Meet the Moran Family’s Peruvian Pasos