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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

Video: The Faces of Perú: Pachamama

Meet the people and places featured in the Perú: Pachamama program in this introductory video for the 2015 Folklife Festival. The photos and videos were shot during our curators’ research trip throughout Peru, and the song was composed and performed by Abel “Billy” Castillo, a local Peruvian artist. Castillo, who also builds cajón drums, … Continue reading Video: The Faces of Perú: Pachamama