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Recovering Traditional Art in Huanchaco

The Mate Burilado, a dried pumpkin decorated with a multitude of human figures and a profusion of geometrical patterns, is the most popular craft, which was developed by the Indigenous Peoples on the coast and the Andes. This cucurbitaceous (Lagenaria vulgaris) or squash (Bottle Gourd) is grown mainly in low and hot areas of the Peruvian coast. During the colonial period, the production was reduced by the presence of similar imported items.

The public education and government agencies in the region have no programs to stimulate and perpetuate the identity of the Chimú people. This practically is condemning their legacy of art, and their culture may disappear forever. By establishing a Center of the Mochica-Chimú Art of Huanchaco this project aims to preserve the crafts, music and dances, including strengthening skills of young indigenous peoples in the manufacture of the ancient metal

objects, ceramics, wood, cotton cloth, wool and manufacturing of cattail or reed ponds. These skills will enhance the presentation of traditional festivals, encourage self-esteem of beneficiaries.