Recording of Toro Huaco dance

Date: 1995

Source: S1640 , Container 25 , Tape 22

Type: Sound

Download: MP3

Download: MP3


  • One audio cassette. Marvin Silva was funded to learn from Jose Silva how to prepare for and perform the Toro Huaco. This was a traditional pageant that combined costumes, masks, dance and ritual. It is a mixture of Spanish and Nagual Maya traditions. For more information, see S 1644, box 12, folder 3. The Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program began in 1983 with a NEA grant of $22,000. The program provided an opportunity for master folk artists to share technical skills and cultural knowledge with apprentices in order to keep the tradition alive. Apprentices must have had some experience in the tradition and agreed to train for at least six months. The first project director was Blanton Owen, later replaced by folklorist Peter Roller, and then Robert Stone. The program was continued each year through 2004.

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