Tuesday, 01 March 2011

The American Museum of Natural History presents:

Halls of Mexico, Central & South America, 2nd floor

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The festival highlights the richness and diversity of creative art forms practiced in various Latin American cultures. Experience Aztec dances, mariachi and Andean music performances, poetry, and an instrument-making workshop, and meet contemporary artists in the Museum’s cultural halls.

This program is co-presented with Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders / Cultura Mexicana Sin Fronteras; Media Noche/PR Dream; United Confederation of Taino People; Latinos NYC; La Diva Latina Magazine; La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., Kichwa Nation, and ABYAYALA Arte y Cultura

For further information, call 1(212)313-7337 or visit

Support for Global Weekends is made possible, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Tolan Family, and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.

Program Schedule

Opening ceremony
Various artists perform at 77th Street.

Art tables open in the Hall of Mexico and Central America and the Hall of South American Peoples.

12:30 pm
Cuatro music presentation
Hall of Central America

La Rondalla de Cuartros de la La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, a cuatro music ensemble highlights this stringed instrument used in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America.

1 pm
Aztec Dance
Hall of Mexico

Mexica dance group Atl-Tlachinolli performs the centuries-old indigenous ritual dance traditions of the Aztecs using pre-Columbian instruments, rhythms, and regalia.

1:35 pm
Spoken Word
Hall of Central America

Acclaimed poets “La Bruja” Caridad De La Luz and “Taina” will present a special spoken word set linking ancestral heritage to contemporary identity.  

2 pm
Mariachi music presentation
Hall of Mexico

Directed by Alvaro Paulino Jr., members of the Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and the Mariachi Mano a Mano promote the beauty and splendor of mariachi music.

2:30 pm
Workshop: Ceramic instrument making
Hall of South America

Patricia Aranibar leads participants through an adventure with clay to create whistles and ocarinas (clay flutes).

3 pm
Songs from Borikén, la Isla del Encanto
Hall of Central America

Margarita Nogueras-Vidal (Taíno) presents songs from the mountains of Borikén in Puerto Rico.

3:30 pm
Cantos quechuas/ Songs from the Quechua traditions
Hall of Central America

Milagros Albrecht captures the sounds and feelings of the Peruvian Andes through modern music.

3:45 pm
Andean musical procession
Hall of Mexico


Tahuantinsuyo, a group of traditional Andean musicians, will lead a pre-Columbian style Andean music procession from the Hall of Mexico to the Hall of South America. The procession will introduce audiences to the sounds and instruments used in the days of the Incas through modern times.  
4:15 pm
Andean Music Performance
Hall of Central America

Tahuantinsuyo will perform music from the ancient Incan empire, now the countries of Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, and Columbia. The group will use an array of pan-pipes, flutes, drums, stringed instruments, and colorful traditional clothing.

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