Danza de los Viejitos
Danza de los Viejitos is said have begun as a dance in the Purepecha Region. The men that perform this dance are known as "Danzantes" or "Dancers." This dance was danced by the Purepecha people four men to represent fire, water, earth, and air. Four dancers are also believed to be the correct number to dance in this traditional performance because there are four colors that make corn which is red, yellow, white, and blue. The dancers ask him for good harvest, communication with spirits, and to learn about the past or to predict the future.
A Danzante wears a top and bottom made out of a white blanket. It is topped with a "Sarape," which is a blanket worn as a cloak in Latin America. Their Serape contains different designs and colors. They wear a hat made out of straw with adorned lengthy pieces of lace, each one a different color. The lace is parted down the middle of the hat, each one hanging 10 cm on the sides. Their shoes are sandals that have a wooden sole in order to make a tapping noise throughout their dance, followed by a wooden cane they also use. The dancers also wear a mask made out of either wood, cornstalk paste, or clay with an elderly mans face painted on it.
The music consists of 3 instrument
video of danza de los viejitos, from Michoacán, México
video of danza de los viejitos continued, from Michoacán, México
- "Los viejitos, tradición purépecha". Como en el tianguis. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
- Hellier-Tinoco, Ruth. Embodying Mexico: Tourism, Nationalism & Performance. New York: Oxford University Press 2011. ISBN 978-0199790814
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