Chamamé

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Inscribed in 2020 (15.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

© Instituto de Cultura de la Provincia de Corrientes

Chamamé is a form of popular cultural expression that is mainly practised in the Corrientes province. Its key components include a style of ‘close embrace’ dancing where participants hold each other chest to chest and follow the music without set choreography. Other elements include musiqueada, a celebratory act that includes a party, prayer and sapukay, a typical phonation or cry accompanied by gestures and movements to convey emotions such as joy, sadness, pain, and bravery. The violin and vihuela were the original instruments used in Chamamé music, but the guitar, harmonica, two-row diatonic button accordion, bandoneon and double bass were later incorporated. The singing is rooted in worship songs. Historically, lyrics and poetry were in Guarani, the regional native language, but today, oral traditions are transmitted in the yopará dialect, a combination of Spanish and Guarani. Chamamé music and dancing are an important part of the regional identity and play major social roles as they are common features of community and family gatherings, religious celebrations, and other festive events. Chamamé highlights values such as love for one’s land, local fauna and flora, religious devotion and a ‘way of being,’ a Guarani expression pointing to the harmony between the human, natural and spiritual realms.

Open and free Chamamé classes to the community, in the context of the Puente Pexoa´s dancing place located in the village of Riachuelo
Young Chamamé girl playing Chamamé to the old aged people, in the Geriatric Hospital 'Juana Francisca Cabral' located in the city of Corrientes
Chamamé serenade on the shores of the Paraná River, allows the people who walk across the riverfront drive to enjoy the Chamamé not only by listening, also by dancing
Two people dancing Chamamé with typical folk clothing
Chamamé in community, at the Ongay´s neighborhood, located in Corrientes. It can be seen the children playing along with other instruments
Grandfather wearing folk clothing dances Chamamé with his grandson
Chamamé band members with typical folk clothing, playing Chamamé for the people who walk around the riverfront drive, in the city of Corrientes
A person with typical festivity clothing: wide blue colored bombacho pants, white clean shirt, leather belt, three little chains of silver with buttons of the same material. Wide silk tissue, dressed in triangular manner. Black colored hat
Dressing component that characterize the paisano: long tall and hard boots black colored, softly corrugated over the ankles, with spurs
Ballet group which integrate disabled people
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