Danielle Villasana | Photojournalist

La Tunantada: Un Baile Folklórico

Today I photographed the “Tunantada,” a folkloric dance that originated in Central Peru as the principal dance during the celebration of the Festival of Saint San Sebastián and San Fabián. What is especially interesting about this dance, however, is that the dancers traditionally used this opportunity to mock the Spaniards through their dress, mannerisms and masks painted with highly refined facial features. Hundreds of years later, the atmosphere was definitely still saturated with laughter and playfulness. Also, coming from a country where traditions are easily lost over generations, I really admired seeing people of all ages participating. Just another reason why I am falling madly in love with Perú…so many rich cultural traditions!

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