SPECIAL 2018 PROGRAMS

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Classes       Seminars       Expositions       Field Experience

During 2018, we present you with special programs, on Andean culture, combined with festivities, excursions and stays in indigenous communities.

APRIL

INTENSIVE ANDEAN TEXTILE ART COURSE: THE PALLAY´S WORLD

Weaving Classes  –  Semiology  –  Mythology  –  Pre-Columbian Textile Art

The Andean civilizations´ textile art is one of the most complex in the world. Today, a diversity of techniques, applied in an immense variety of textiles, is being put into practice in high Andean communities. This two-week program offers a textile immersion in a multidisciplinary way. Participants will acquire a solid panoramic insight on techniques and textiles´ sociocultural background.

Practical Areas

  • Weaving on Backstrap and Pallay
  • Knitting Andean Style
  • Sinp’ay and the Braiding Tecnique

Lectures y Expositions

  • The Accha Alta Community’s Textile Tradition Tecniques, Iconography and Symbolism
  • Projection of Documentary Films

Seminars

  • Semiology of Andean Textiles: Iconographic interpretation
  • Astronomy and Cosmology in Archaeological Textiles
  • Mythology and Ritual in Andean Textiles

Workshops

  • Natural Dyeing
  • Handling the Andean drop spindle (Puska) and Thread Twisting

Field Experiences

  • Staying and Weaving in an Indigenous Community
MAY

ANDEAN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION: SYMBOLISM AND RITUAL – THE LORD OF TORRECHAYOQ

Philosophy  –  Andean Religion and Theology  –  Political and Social System  –  Festivities

In the month of May there are diverse festivities charged with symbolism, ritual and religiousness. One of them is the impressive celebration to the Lord of Torrechayoq, in the Incas´ Sacred Valley. That festivity is the most pompous in the locality of Urubamba that includes pilgrimages, night watches and processions, with over forty mask dance groups that animate the celebration with their music and performances.

In this program, the combination of seminars and field experience in the Festivity of Torrechayoq, offers an access window to the Andean culture´s soul.

Seminars

  • Andean Philosophy and Cosmology
  • Religious System and the Ritual Calendar
  • Indigenous Political and Social System
  • The Masculine and Feminine Archetypes In the Andean Tradition
  • Mask’ Dance – Myth, Rite and Symbolism
  • Andean Mythology

Festivities

  • Lord of Torrechayoq, in Urubamba

Movie Nights

  • Projection of Documentaries

Workshops

  • Andean Music Workshops
  • Dance Workshops
JULY

SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAM

ANDEAN TEXTILE ART COURSES AND MAMACHA CARMEN FESTIVITY

Textile Art & Weaving  –  Semiology  –  Culture  –  Pre-Columbian Art

This Summer, Experience the Andean Culture in the Sacred Valley of the Incas – Cusco!

In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the month of July stands-out due to the pompous celebration in honor to the Mamacha Carmen, which is taking place during five days. In total there are 21 teams of masked dancers, accompanied by musicians, who give homage to the “Mamacha”. Through their performance they stage mythologies and historical passages. In the cemetery the teams of dancers evoke their defunct members, thus commemorating and integrating the world of the dead and that of the ancestors. One can notice an indigenous and catholic syncretism, but also a parallel world full of mysticism and joy.

Our program combines this unique cultural experience with intensive Andean textile art courses.

Practical Areas

  • Andean Textile Art and Weaving

Seminars Integrated in the Program

  • Introduction to Andean Philosophy and Cosmology
  • Ritual Masks – Dance, Choreography and Simbolism
  • Semiology and Aesthetic in the Andean  Textiles
  • Pre-Columbian Art Workshops
  • Andean Mythology
  • Natural Dyeing Workshops

Optional Programs

  • Excursions to Incan Sanctuaries In the Sacred Valley and Cusco.
  • Visits to Indigenous Communities

Festivities

  • The Pompous Mamacha Carmen Festivity
SEPTEMBER

ANDEAN PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION: SACRED SPACE AND PILGRIMAGE

-MAMACHA NATIVIDAD AND THE LORD OF HUANCA 

Philosophy  –  Andean Religion and Theology  –  Political and Social System  –  Festivities

What is impressive in the Mamacha Natividad´s celebration in the village of Chinchero, is the construction of seven altars associated with the indigenous political and spatial system and with its authorities: The Varayoq. That celebration is animated by groups of mask dancers and musicians. In a fascinating way, this festivity shows the indigenous spatial concept and its political and religious organization.

In the same month, the Andeans go on a pilgrimage to the Lord of Huanca in Pisac. Hundreds of pilgrims, mainly drivers and public transportation vehicle owners, visit this Major Apu. There, apart from Christian religious elements, we´ll have the opportunity to observe interesting representations and original Andean acts. Cars, trucks and buses convert themselves into altars, beautifully adorned and blessed by the Paqos and Yatiris. Likewise, the pilgrims perform purification and healing rites in the water springs present in the Sanctuary.

Seminars

  • Andean Philosophy and Cosmology
  • Religious System and Ritual Calendar
  • Indigenous Political and Social System
  • Andean Agriculture and Ecology
  • Mask Dance – Myth, Rite and Symbolism
  • Andean Mythology

Festivities

  • Pilgrimage to the Lord of Huanca
  • Mamacha Natividad’s Festivity

Cultural Activities

  • Projection of Documentaries
  • Invited Lecturers

Workshops

  • Andean Music Workshops
  • Dance Workshops
OCTOBER

INTENSIVE ANDEAN TEXTILE ART COURSE: THE PALLAY´S WORLD

Weaving Classes  –  Semiology  –  Mythology  –  Pre-Columbian Textile Art

The Andean civilizations´ textile art is one of the most complex in the world. Today, a diversity of techniques, applied in an immense variety of textiles, is being put into practice in high Andean communities. This two-week program offers a textile immersion in a multidisciplinary way. Participants will acquire a solid panoramic insight on techniques and textiles´ sociocultural background.

Practical Areas

  • Weaving on Backstrap and Pallay
  • Knitting Andean Style
  • Sinp’ay and the Braiding Tecnique

Lectures and Expositions

  • The Accha Alta Community’s Textile Tradition Tecniques, Iconography and Symbolism
  • Projection of Documentary Films

Seminars

  • Semiology of Andean Textiles: Iconographic interpretation
  • Astronomy and Cosmology in Archaeological Textiles
  • Mythology and Ritual in Andean Textiles

Workshops

  • Natural Dyeing
  • Handling the Andean drop spindle (Puska) and Thread Twisting

Field Experiences

  • Staying and Weaving in an Indigenous Community