Creating Our Own: Folklore, Performance, and Identity in Cuzco, Peru

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Januar 2008



Analyzes the key role that the production of "folkloric" music, dance, and drama has had in the formation of ethnic/racial identities, regionalism, and nationalism in Cuzco, Peru during the twentieth century.


Introduction: Revisiting Indigenismo and Folklore; 1. The Mision Peruana de Arte Incaico and the Development of Artistic-Folkloric Production in Cuzco; 2. The Rise of Cultural Institutions and Contests; 3. Touristic Cuzco, Its Monuments, and Its Folklore; 4. La Hora del Charango: The Cholo Feeling, Cuzquenoness, and Peruvianness; 5. Creative Effervescence and the Consolidation of Spaces for "Folklore"; Epilogue: Who Will Represent What Is Our Own? Some Paradoxes of Andean Folklore Both Inside and Outside Peru


Zoila S. Mendoza is Associate Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of "Shaping Society through Dance: Mestizo Ritual Performance in the Peruvian Andes."


"This innovative, impassioned book explores music and dance in the heartland of the Andes. Zoila S. Mendoza conveys the power and beauty of Cuzco's Andean culture, and yet, like some nimble village pan-pipe player, shows the complexities, contradictions, and struggle over that elusive, marketable commodity we call 'folklore.' Her remarkable study allows us to see the Andes and the matter of tradition and heritage in new ways." Orin Starn, coeditor of The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics "Revivals of local musical traditions are sometimes described as the creations of relatively wealthy groups and government policymakers. Zoila S. Mendoza's fascinating analysis of the roles of local actors in shaping folklore movements in Peru is highly relevant for studies in the rest of Latin America, the United States, and elsewhere." Anthony Seeger, author of Why Suya Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People "The book provides a socio-historical analysis of local artists, intellectuals, and institutions that contribute to the creation of the cuzqueno folklore and the negotiation of identity through artistic representations. It further touches upon the importance of social relations and economic interests, from the recovery of Machu Picchu to turning it into a symbol of magic and universal heritage across the world." - Doreen Montag, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
EAN: 9780822341529
ISBN: 0822341522
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 234 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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