The Tinkus Wistus cultural fraternity workshop was founded in 1992 by a group of Bolivian university students concerned to rescue one of the most traditional folk dances of the Andean culture.
From the vast range of native dances the group chose the Tinku and added in their name the Aymara word "wistu" meaning "crooked", in allusion to the movements of the dance.
Their aim is to preserve the Andean cultural values and to encourage Bolivian youth to know and respect its own culture.
The Tinkus Wistus first performed at the Folklore Show of the UMSA (Universidad Mayor de San Andres) in La Paz in 1993; at the 1994 show they won first place, and since then have performed at numerous festivals and displays, representing Bolivia at the World Congress of Folklore in Canada in 1998.
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Bolivia is a country in South America, bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the west, and Peru to the west.
The Andean states are a group of nations in South America connected by the Andes mountain range. "Andean States" is sometimes used to refer to all seven countries that the Andes runs through, regions with a shared culture primarily spread during the times of the Inca Empire, or it can be used in a geopolitical sense to designate countries in the region that are members of the Andean Community trade group and have a local cultural orientation.
Afro-Peruvian music, or Música negra, is a type of Latin American music first developed in Peru by enslaved black people from West Africa, where it is known as música criolla. The genre is a mix of West African and Spanish music.
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Música criolla or canción criolla is a varied genre of Peruvian music that exhibits influences from European, African and Andean music. The genre's name reflects the coastal culture of Peru, and the local evolution of the term criollo, a word originally denoting high-status people of full Spanish ancestry, into a more socially inclusive element of the nation.
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The Diablada or Danza de los Diablos, is an original and typical Andean dance characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the performers. The dance is a mixture of religious theatrical presentations brought from Spain and Andean religious ceremonies such as the Llama llama dance in honour of the Uru god Tiw, and the Aymaran miners' ritual to Anchanchu.
The Saya is a music and dance that originated in the Collao Meseta region of Peru-Bolivia. The artform's name comes from the Kikongo term nsaya, which means communal work led by a singing voice, akin to a work song. The Saya's instrumentation and dance also reflects the influence of traditional Andean music.
Diablada is a Bolivian cultural manifestation expressed in music, clothing and dance, one of the most representative of the Department of Oruro and Bolivia, it can be seen mainly in the Carnaval de Oruro. The scene of the origin, development and consolidation of the diablada is Oruro.
The Diablada or Danza de Diablos is a dance created characterized by the mask and devil suit worn by the dancers.
Bolivians are people identified with the country of Bolivia. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Bolivians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Bolivian.
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