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Experience the Andes

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Discover South American music and culture with a Chilean dance workshop, curator talks, an Andean panpipe craft, and upbeat music and dance performances.

Sponsored by APS
Supported by Casa Venezuela and the Chilean Cultural Center of Arizona

Instrument Spotlight: Andean Music
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Play traditional Andean instruments such as the bombo drum, siku panpipe, quena flute, and charango, a small stringed instrument customarily made from an armadillo shell. Afterwards, visit the Latin America Gallery to learn more and see them played in MIM’s exhibit videos.

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Have your picture taken with fun musical props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and instantly get your own copy to take home.

Siku Craft
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Make your own siku, also known as a panpipe or raft flute. Sikus are found all over the Andes and are traditionally played in pairs. Craft one and then try your hand at making music with your friends and family.

Andean Music Performance
10:30–11:15 a.m.
Experience the indigenous music of the Andes with a performance by talented Phoenix-based band Los Waukis Andinos. “Los Waukis” means “the brothers” in the Quechua language—a phrase that reflects the diversity of backgrounds and influences of the band members, who hail from Peru, Bolivia, and Mexico, yet who are united in their shared love for the music of the Andes.

Face Painting
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Add a touch of color and whimsy to your look! Have your face painted with a custom design by artists from She Draws You.

Chilean Dance Workshop
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Join members of Chile Canta y Baila as they teach dances from the Andean region of northern Chile—all set to live music!

Chilean Folk Music and Dance Performance
1:00–1:45 p.m.
Since 1995, Chile Canta y Baila has traveled all over Arizona sharing the South American country’s heritage through song and dance, with support from the Chilean Cultural Center of Arizona. Don’t miss this group’s vibrant performance, as they’ll be sure to make you want to get up to dance!

Curator Talk: Musical Cultures and Instruments of the Andes
2:15–3:00 p.m.
The Andes region has one of the richest histories of musical instruments in the world. Join Dr. Daniel Piper, MIM’s curator for Latin America and the Caribbean, for a fascinating presentation that explores Andean instruments of historical and living cultures, drawing from MIM’s extensive Andean collection and animated by stories from his recent trip to Peru.

Venezuelan Folk Music Performance
3:15–4:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this performance from local band Gaiteros del Valle, featuring musical traditions from Argentina all the way north to Venezuela. Gaiteros del Valle will incorporate styles of huayno, cueca, samba, aires andinos, pasillos, and joropo into their lively set.

Weekend Extras Available for Purchase
All weekend, shop the Museum Store for a colorful selection of artisan jewelry and crafts, as well as music, books, and instruments.

During Café Allegro lunch hours, enjoy a special menu featuring South American favorites such as Colombian chicken and potato stew, Ecuadorian shrimp ceviche, Venezuelan shredded beef, and a selection of sweet empanadas for dessert.

Café Allegro Lunch Menu Highlights

Colombian Ajiaco (Chicken and Potato Stew) with Corn

Peruvian Aji Amarillo Pepper and Summer Squash Soup with Cilantro

Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

Pabellón Criollo (Venezuelan Shredded Beef with Beans, Rice, and Plantains)

Sweet Empanadas