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National Parks Store: Tohono O’odham Waila Music


Angelo Joaquin Jr., co-founder and director of The Waila Festival, discusses the Tohono O’odham social dance tradition known as “waila.”

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How is it that one finds an American Indian tribe dancing to polkas, schottisches, and mazurkas in the Southern Arizona desert? Angelo Joaquin Jr., co-founder and director of The Waila Festival, discusses the Tohono O’odham social dance tradition known as “waila.”

Angelo is a member of the tribe’s Coyote Clan and a local Tucsonan. Join him in an enlightening discussion about the unusual origin and influences on this unique American Indian cultural tradition. Angelo will explain the roles Catholic missionaries and newly-arrived Anglo settlers played in the development of this vibrant music genre nearly two centuries ago. What resulted from this clash of cultures was a style of music that is not only reflective of diverse influences, but is also deeply rooted in the traditions of the Tohono O’odham culture.

Presentation at 12 noon and 2 PM.



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Event Tags: American Indian, culture, dance, free, music, presentation, Tohono O'odham, traditional

Date:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free

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