#Illinois International Week Spotlight: South American Festivals overview image

#Illinois International Week Spotlight: South American Festivals

  • Post Date4/8/2016
  • AuthorAmy Heggemeyer
  • Reading Time1 minute read

Our final post for #Illinois International Week looks at recent donations made by international students attending UIUC. Both donations are related to traditional festivals found across South America. 

Diablada Mask

2009.03.0001 is a Diablada mask donated by Gonzalo Gallo (PHD '09, Civil Engineering). He purchased this mask while visiting the Diablada dance of Pillaro, Ecuador in 2004. The origin of this annual festival isn't clear, but it occurs the first week of January to welcome the New Year as costumed figures dance to traditional music along the parade route.

  • black mask with over a dozen red and gold horns

Morenada Costume

2015.06 is a Morenada costume worn by Licet Rosales for the 2007 Carnival in Oruro, Bolivia. The Oruro Carnival was declared by UNESCO as one of the Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (2001). Thousands of dancers and musicians perform for 20 hours along a route that stretches for almost 2 miles dressed in custom-made costumes specific to each social club. This particular costume was made by Hugo Borda and his assistants. Donated by Licet and her sister Elena, the full costume will be on display in the Museum's Featured Objects Case next month.

  • gold and yellow sleeveless shirt with shiny metallic decorations and tassles
  • yellow and gold boot with shiny metallic decorations
  • yellow bowler-type hat with yellow, gold, and red decorations