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Feb 20 2013

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Bolivian Music

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The music of Bolivia has a long history. Out of all the Andean countries, Bolivia remains perhaps the most culturally linked to the indigenous peoples. Like most of its neighbors, Bolivia was long dominated by Spain and its attendant culture. Even after independence, Bolivian music was largely based on European forms. In 1952, a revolution established nationalistic reforms which included cultural and political awareness of the Aymara, Quechua, Guarani, and many other ethnic groups (more than 30). Bolivia is a very diverse country (geographically, culturally, and ethnically), this diversity is expressed also in the kind of music that is played in every region. In the Andean region of La Paz, Oruro, and Potosi, musicians have created beautiful tunes called Sicuriada, Tonada, Tinku, etc. Some of the musical groups that play these kinds of tunes are Wara, Aymara, Altiplano, Rhupay, Kanata, Paja Brava, Markasata, etc. The Andean instruments used are zampoña, sicus, pinquillo, quena, charango, tarka, toyos, pututu, huancara, reco reco, Andean saxophone, and drums. In the Valley region of Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, and Tarija; Cueca, Huayño, Bailecito, Kullawada, Chacarera, etc are the music; the instruments to create these melodies are charango, quena, guitar, charangón, hualaycho, zampoña, drums, sheep hooves formed into a kind of shaker, violin, and accordion; the musical groups of this style of music are Savia Andina, Los K’jarkas, Kalamarka, Taricanto, Canarios del Chaco, and many others. In the Tropical regions of Santa Cruz, Beni, and Pando are played Taquirari, Cumbia, Chacarera,Toritos, etc; the instruments utilized are violin, guitar, drum, cornet, horn, and accordion. Las Cambitas, Trio Oriental, Los Benianos, Los del Pirai, etc are the most representative musical groups. In the African Bolivian region (Yungas); Saya, Semba, Lament, Tuntuna, Taki Taki are the kinds of music; the instruments to create these tunes are drums, timbales, and ronroco. In the Amazon region (east part of the country) is cultivated the Baroque music. And in general, the urban areas of the country are the places of many kinds of musical expressions; classical, Andean jazz, Latin rock, pop, cumbia, samba, etc.

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Feb 18 2013

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mbenke

Movie Night!

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Get ready for an evening of fun!!  This Thursday, wonderful Language Assistant Ivan will be showing the film También La Lluvia (Even the Rain), open to all.  The film takes place in Bolivia during the water riots, and provides an in-depth view into the politics and culture of Bolivia.  It is highly rated on the site Rotten Tomatoes–a full description can be viewed here.

The viewing will be held in Ford 102 Kremer Board Room, at 7pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Dec 13 2012

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jvenegas

Willamette World News- Bolivian and Argentinean Weddings!

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¡Hola a todos!

Curious about what Bolivian and Argentinian weddings are like? Then don’t miss this great opportunity to read about them!If you are really into weddings, then you can read more here, only at your own WWN.

Enjoy!

WWN Editors

Jaime, Matthew, Mary, and Lars

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Nov 29 2012

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gbustos

Enjoy the Spanish Karaoke Night!

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Oct 08 2012

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nkulande

Wednesday! Spanish Movie Night: Love in the Time of Cholera

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Based on one of the most successful novels by Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez
How long would you wait for love?
The spanish Department presents…

“Love in the Time of Cholera”

Directed by Mike Newell
Starring Javier Barden, Giovanna Mezzogiorno & Benjamin Pratt
Music by Shakira & Antonio Pinto
Place: Kremer Board Room
Time: October 10th 7pm
Free pop corn and drinks

Check out the trailer below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5VMJiyd1Mk

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Oct 08 2012

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nkulande

EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2012

EVEN THE RAIN [También la lluvia]

Icíar Bollaín / 104 min. / 2011

7:00 PM Ford Theater

Presented by Dr. Bill Smaldone, Professor of History and Chair of Latin American Studies

Filmmaker Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt, and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth-century Taino chief also becomes a leader in the water hike protests.

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Oct 01 2012

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nkulande

AMERIKANUAK: Spanish Film Festival Series

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 5, 2012

AMERIKANUAK

Nacho Reig / 92 min. / 2011

Ford Theater 7:00 PM

Presented by Dr. Bob H. Reinhardt, Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Environmental & Earth Sciences

More than half a century ago many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In Amerikanuak, Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. The documentary takes place under the vast blue skies and bleak, but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada.

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Sep 24 2012

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nkulande

CHICO & RITA

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

CHICO & RITA

Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando / 94 min. / 2012

7:00 PM in FORD THEATER

Presented by Dr. Roy Pérez, Assistant Professor of English, American Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris.

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Sep 17 2012

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La Yuma- Spanish Film Festival on Friday

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LA YUMA

Florence Jaugey / 91 min. / 2011

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 7:00 PM

Presented by Dr. John Uggen, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies

Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student.

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Sep 16 2012

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Greetings from the land of J. L. Borges, Eva Perón and Carlos Gardel: ARGENTINA!!

Hi everyone! I’m Gabriela from Argentina. I’m the teaching assistant for the Spanish Department. I arrived to the US a month ago because I received a grant from the Fulbright Exchange Program. In this first entry I’d like to introduce myself and my home country, I’ll tell you something about my family and friends, and finally I’ll explain my function at Willamette.

I’m from a little, but beautiful town in the northwest of the country called Salta. Salta’s nickname is “La Linda” which means “the beautiful”. I think it deserves its nickname not only because of the beauty of its landscapes, mountains and rivers, but also because of its people. Salteños are simple, nice and truly friendly. They are also hospitable and helpful. So if you have the chance to travel to South America you should definitely visit this province and, just in case you have never heard of it, this map can help you understand how far away I am from home… And just to give you an idea how the city looks like, this photo taken from the web shows one of Salta’s most amazing views.

All this reminds me of some reading I’m doing for my Native American Studies at Willamette. It talks about how places say something about people and are part of our identity. Well, my home town says a lot about me. Before coming I was so excited to live and work in a foreign country that I had never realized how important my country is for me and how proud I am of being Argentinian J

I grew up in a small family. I live with my brother, mom and dad. I also have a niece called Zoe, who is my favorite person in the world. She is like a magic fairy.  My second favorite person is my mom. She is the only person who can make me extremely happy and extremely mad at the same time haha  I also have some good friends who are always there on Facebook to tell me how much they miss me and to listen and support me when I feel home sick. I think I’m really lucky to have them, but so far I think I will also make awesome friends in the US too.

Last but not least, I would like to explain my role at Willamette. According to Fulbright I’m supposed to be Student, Teacher and Cultural Ambassador.  So, the reason why I am writing this blog is because I want to invite everyone to know more about me and my country’s culture and traditions and also learn about the American culture in turn.  Believe it or not I’ll try to do my best to help you and make the learning of Spanish more interesting and fun!

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