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Dancing with Scissors: La Danza de las Tijeras

During the first Festival Community Day at the 2015 Festival, Peruvian dancer Steve Cotaquispe, who was born in Ayacucho, came from New York to present the danza de las tijeras—the scissors dance. Traditionally, two to four dancers perform, keeping rhythm with two piece of metal in the shape of scissors and … Continue reading Dancing with Scissors: La Danza de las Tijeras

Video: Opening Ceremony Highlights

The Opening Ceremony for the 2015 Folklife Festival was held on June 24 in the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. The event featured a few of the visiting performance groups representing the Perú: Pachamama program, plus speakers from the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, American and Peruvian embassies, and … Continue reading Video: Opening Ceremony Highlights

Chicha Art: Ancestral Colors, Modern Designs

Silkscreen artist Pedro “MONKY” Rojas uses the same bold colors worn by mountain Quechua people to create advertisements for chicha musicians. He posts his designs in public spaces to raise awareness for the art form and the chicha community. MONKY is giving silkscreen demonstrations at the Perú: Pachamama program. You can purchase … Continue reading Chicha Art: Ancestral Colors, Modern Designs

The Gourd Artist: Carving Community Traditions

Eulogio Medina Sanabria has dedicated his life to the Peruvian art of mate burilado (gourd carving). While many carvers are drifting away from tradition, Sanabria continues to focus on detailed techniques and the power art can have in bringing a community together. You can see gourd carvings by artists Blanca and Katya Canto Lazo at … Continue reading The Gourd Artist: Carving Community Traditions