7. Dancing the Landscape: Music, Place, Collective Memory in a Highland Bolivia Pilgrimage
Tom Solomon [+]
University of Bergen
Every year during the celebration of the Feast of the Holy True Cross on May 3, indigenous people living in rural communities surrounding the colonial-era town of Chayanta in the Bolivian Andes perform a pilgrimage to the town. During the pilgrimage men play continuously on panpipes. Musical performance during the pilgrimage enables coordinated sociality across culturally defined landscapes and inscribes group identity and memory on the physical features of the land. Music thus gives human agency a physical, sensuous form – sound waves traveling through air, land, and people’s bodies – embodying ideas about the relationship between natural geography and social identity.