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

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

By: Zoila S. Mendoza (author)Paperback

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In Creating Our Own, anthropologist Zoila S. Mendoza explores the early-twentieth-century development of the "folkloric arts"-particularly music, dance, and drama-in Cuzco, Peru, revealing the central role that these expressive practices played in shaping ethnic and regional identities. Mendoza argues that the folkloric productions emerging in Cuzco in the early twentieth century were integral to, rather than only a reflection of, the social and political processes underlying the development of the indigenismo movement. By demonstrating how Cuzco's folklore emerged from complex interactions between artists and intellectuals of different social classes, she challenges the idea that indigenismo was a project of the elites.Mendoza draws on early-twentieth-century newspapers and other archival documents as well as interviews with key artistic and intellectual figures and their descendants. She offers vivid descriptions of the Peruvian Mission of Incaic Art, a tour undertaken by a group of artists from Cuzco, at their own expense, to represent Peru to Bolivia, Argentina, and Uruguay in 1923-24, as well as of the origins in the 1920s of the Qosqo Center of Native Art, the first cultural institution dedicated to regional and national folkloric art. She highlights other landmarks, including both The Charango Hour, a radio show that contributed to the broad acceptance of rural Andean music from its debut in 1937, and the rise in that same year of another major cultural institution, the American Art Institute of Cuzco. Throughout, she emphasizes the intricate local, regional, national, and international pressures that combined to produce folkloric art, especially the growing importance of national and international tourism in Cuzco. Please visit the Web site for samples of the images and music discussed in this book.

About Author

Zoila S. Mendoza is 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.


List of Illustrations ix Preface to the English Edition xi Acknowledgments xiii Introduction: Revisiting Indigenismo and Folklore 1 1. The Mision Peruana de Arte Incaico and the Development of Artistic-Folkloric Production in Cuzco 17 2. The Rise of Cultural Institutions and Contests 35 3. Touristic Cuzco, Its Monuments, and Its Folkore 65 4. La Hora del Charango: The Cholo Feeling, Cuzquenoness, and Peruvianness 93 5. Creative Effervescence and the Consolidation of Spaces for "Folklore" 125 Epilogue: Who Will Represent What Is Our Own? Some Paradoxes of Andean Folklore Both Inside and Outside Peru 169 Notes 183 Discography 219 Bibliography 221 Index 229

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  • ISBN13: 9780822341529
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780822341529
  • weight: 358
  • ISBN10: 0822341522

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