The first Friday of the Festival marked some extra special events. We welcomed Perú: Pachamama‘s first four-legged participants: five alpacas from Maryland, who were treated to an elaborate blessing ceremony conducted by the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco. Street artist MONKY stepped away from his screen-printing booth to cook up forty-six pounds of food in the pachamanca earthen barbecue.
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At the Festival, we hope to introduce people to new cultures, whether it’s Americans learning about Peru or Peruvians learning about their neighboring regions. For more inspiring scenes of cultural interaction, join us on the National Mall as Perú: Pachamama continues.
Elisa Hough is the editor for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
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