Hola (hello), this week in our Week of World Culture series we are “traveling” to West-Central South America to the colorful country of Bolivia. Although a world away, the culture and people of Bolivia have many wonderful things to teach us. Keep reading to discover different ways you can learn more about this beautiful country.
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This animated movie, was originally released in 1942. It is more of an educational film rather than a movie but with Donald Duck and Goofy it is quite lively. Donald and Goofy visit a handful of different South American countries where they meet locals and learn more about the culture. One of the spots Donal visits is Lake Titicaca which borders both Bolivia and Peru.
It is one of the first Disney movies made so the quality shows it’s age but the educational material is wonderful!
Music & Dance
Crafts of Culture
Here are some fun craft ideas you can try:
- Create a replica of the Bolivian flag.
- Make a Zambona (a pipe pan flute)
- DIY colorful weaving
- Learn how to make hand woven bracelets
- Check out this Pinterest board for more ideas
Books to Read
Carretilla (wheelbarrow) is played using four people in teams of two. It is a relay race where one person is the carretilla and the other is guiding the carretilla. The carretilla puts their hands on the ground as the other team member holds their ankles like they would the handles of a wheelbarrow. The first team to cross the finish line is the winner.
Enchoque is more common in the rural areas of Bolivia. It is a hand held wooden toy that consists of a ball that has a hole in the center of it connected by a string to a stick. You throw the ball into the air and as it is returning to you, try to “spear” the ball with the stick. There is another version that is a cup instead of a stick making it a little easier to complete.
Trompo means top in spanish. The tops in Bolivia are wooden with a metal tip and a string (not permanently attached) that is used to get the top to start spinning. One game they are used in is a group game. A circle is drawn and each player starts their top spinning within the circle. The top must stay in the circle and can be bumped out of the circle and game by an opponent. To win, a player’s top must be the last one spinning inside the circle.
Palo ensebado is spanish name for greased pole with many variations of how it is played. In Bolivia, a prize is placed on top of a pole that is typically more than 20′ tall. The pole is then greased and the player must try to reach the prize with out shoes, gloves or any other special tools. I have also seen this done in my hometown but a group of maximum of 3 is allowed.
Food of the Week
Coming Soon! We are testing out our favorite recipe and will share our experience here!!
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