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Traditional Dances of Peru > Qhapaq Negro

 

Qhapaq Negro

This dance represents the black slaves of the colonial and republican eras, who were brought from Africa to work in the mines and sugar plantations. Now liberated, they sing and dance and declare themselves slaves only to the Virgen herself. The dancers wear black plaster masks with sad expressions and exaggerated features. They have hats adorned with sequins, breastplates and a chain around their waist representing their former slavery. They also wear colourful silk scarves and carry a small wooden staff in the form of a clenched fist (called a "Maqui"). The dance leader is known as the Black King (Rey Negro). He carries a wooden rattle in his hand which he uses to keep the dancers in step.

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Corpus Christi (Cusco)

Corpus Christi (Cusco)

Virgen de Carmen (Pisac 2005)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen (Pisac 2007)

Virgen de Natividad (Chinchero 2004)

Virgen de Natividad (Chinchero 2004)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Virgen de Natividad (Chinchero 2004)

Qoyllur Rit'i 2007

Qoyllur Rit'i 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Paucartambo 2007

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Negro - photos and description

 

 

Reyes Magos (Ollantaytambo)

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

 

 

  

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