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Traditional Dances of Peru > Qhapaq Qolla

 

Qhapaq Qolla / Qhapac Q'olla

This dance represents the legendary merchants from the altiplano (Lake Titicaca) who used to bring products to trade or exchange for products from the Paucartambo and jungle regions. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish llamas were used to transport goods. After the conquest  mules were more commonly used. The dancers wear a knitted woollen masks called a "waq'ollo" and a beautifully adorned square flat hat called an "aqarapi" which usually has antique coins hanging from its borders. From their backs hang a dried vicuņa (q'epi) and as they dance they can be seen twisting strands of wool into thread. The Qhapaq Qollas also sing tender songs to the Virgin to demonstrate their devotion to her. The main characters of the dance are the Mayor (El Alcalde) who carries a large wooden staff of authority, his wife (La Imilla) and child (q'ollita), two captains (one for each column) and a llama herder (llamero) who occasionally wanders off into the crowd followed by his llama laden with products.

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2004

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2004

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2004

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2004

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2004

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Qoyllur Riti 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Paucartambo 2007

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Corpus Christi 2006 (Cusco)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Corpus Christi 2006 (Cusco)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2005 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Carmen 2007 (Pisac)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Natividad 2004 (Chinchero)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Natividad 2004 (Chinchero)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de Natividad 2004 (Chinchero)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de la "O" (Yucay)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de la "O" (Yucay)

Dances of Peru - Qhapaq Qolla - photos and description

Virgen de la "O" (Yucay)

       

  

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