Description: Every year on July 16th the town of Paucartambo celebrates the festival of the Virgen del Carmen, Mamacha Carmen. According to tradition, the beauty of this festival arises from the competition between it and the Virgen del Rosario, the former celebrated by mestizos and the latter by Indians. Dance groups provide ways for the inhabitants of the town to identify themselves as individuals, as well as relate with one another as a single mestizo identity. Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 34 minutes


Description: The musical panorama of the region of Lambayeque shows the role placed by musical instruments and genres in delineating different cultural spheres, as well as in the conflict between traditional and modern expressions. Two large areas can be distinguished: those of the coast and of the mountains. Each expresses itself in music differently, even when both use the same musical instruments. The coastal town draws on African traditions. Communications and popular urban music have also influenced this area, significantly changing Lambayeque’s musical panorama.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 27 minutes


Description: At the end of the alpaca’s bearing season, the shepherds of Tata Wara-Wara, a highland village in the region of Arequipa, get ready to perform a deeply rooted Andean tradition known as the tinka de alpaca. This ceremony, in which the animals are paid homage and counted, is accompanied by rituals giving thanks to Pachamama, the earth goddess. The force of her fertility is sought to secure the abundance of pasture and an increase in livestock.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 17 minutes


Description: In the Andes, the time for celebrating propitiatory rituals coincides with the carnival season. One such ritual is the wylancha; in which members of the community of MOLLOKO, in the Acora district of Puno, offer their alpacas to the mountains and the earth, their protecting divinities.

Copies: 1 (DVD) Length: 28 minutes