All around the plaza the streets were lined with stalls selling food and goods. Pork was popular. And here, it’s really clear that pork comes from a pig. Recently.
And that meant lots of work for the knife sharpener.
I stopped for a treat at this stall.
A family from Marcos was there. This neighbor recognized me and sat with me to keep me company.
After my snack, I went to see the action. In the plaza, the dancers performed in the center of the plaza.
On a stage nearby, the orchestras played.
And the announcers kept us informed.
The judges watched and gave scores
All around the plaza, there were wooden viewing stands that had been erected so people could watch the show.
Each group of dancers marched in with their banner, carried by leaders from their sponsoring organization. These people are probably the steering committee of a community farmer’s association.
Huanaca represents the descendants of the Inca, and the upper class of Xauxa who made alliance with the Spanish invaders and settled into the middle class. These dancers had amazing embroidered mantas and dresses. Here’s front and back of one costume:
This character is “Chuncho”, who represents the people of the jungle. Chuncho usually carries a bow and arrow, to represent the role they played in the fight for independence from Spain. He carries products of the jungle as well. For thousands of years there has been brisk trade between the Andes, where I live, and the jungle to the east.
Indio is lower class and represents the exploited campesinos.
These two are the domineering Maria Pichana and her cowed husband Viejito.
Cuzquena represents a woman of Cuzco, with her artisan goods
And Jamille is the curandero, or herbalist.
Arriero is the trader, from Argentina, who travels everywhere and encounters all the other types of characters.
I noticed that this character always wore spurs.
That got me interested in feet. Here's part of my series of photos of dancers’ feet.
I love the fiestas here.