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
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 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 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
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.
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