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Skidmore College

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Fall 2017

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Peru: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization


This research project aims to analyze the contemporary ways in which the Dance of Scissors is practiced and reproduced to determine if its continuity outside the place of origin, with all the modifications that it has experienced, can be considered a form of cultural resistance. Resistance in this context is addressed in two specific ways: as a dynamic continuity of Andean indigenous identity and as a tool of cultural vindication. To achieve this goal, during the work period the research methodology consisted of interviewing dancers and scissors musicians; be a participant as observer of skills and essays of Tijeras dancers in the districts of Villa El Salvador and El Agustino in Lima; and the collection of cultural material, including documentaries, posters, material produced by the Ministry of Culture, bibliographic material, etc. The result of this process is a record of the perspective of dancers and musicians of contemporary scissors regarding the present and future of dance, showing that there is a discourse of resistance and organized structures of dancers and musicians in urban areas that seek to use all the tools at your disposal - such as patrimonialization and the economic potential of dance - to claim their cultural manifestations, their identity, and their place as worthy citizens of recognition in the new contexts in which they live today.


Arts and Humanities | Community-Based Learning | Community-Based Research | Dance | Family, Life Course, and Society | Latin American Languages and Societies | Latin American Studies | Performance Studies


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