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Learners will make a festive hat like the ones worn by Tinku dancers during community celebrations held in the Andes Mountains region.  Participants will also learn about the Tinku dances, originally from Bolivia, and their relationship with the natural world.

The hats that Learners will be making are the most eye-catching piece of the Tinku dancers’ costumes. The Tinku dance is considered the national dance of Bolivia, and it is performed at community celebrations in this Andean country as well as others. It is a way of honoring the “Pachamama,” or Mother Earth, and strengthening community ties. Tinku means “coming together” in Quechua, the main indigenous language in Bolivia. Tinku dance has long been a part of the "Fiesta de la Tirana" in northern Chile, but in recent years you can also see it in community, social and political activities in the Santiago and Valparaiso areas of Chile.

The Tinku dancers perform at community and religious festivals throughout the year. A special day for their dances is the Fiesta de la Cruz (the Cross Festival) held on May 3 in Bolivia. On this day, the important Southern Cross constellation aligns perfectly in the sky and signals the beginning of Andean winter. Tinku hats feature the symbol of the “chakana,” which look similar to crosses, since pre-hispanic cultures used astronomy for planning their harvest and planting seasons.

The Festive Tinku dancers wear these hats when they dance. The dance is very celebratory with both dancers flailing their arms, hitting the ground and jumping. I love watching the Tinku dancers perform in street parades and community celebrations in Chile. They are always so energetic and dance nonstop for hours! 

I am so excited for us to make some Tinku hats together!

This Workshop is recommended to children ages 8+ with a parent's helping hands.

What You'll Need

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Andean Tinku Hat GLOkit

This GLOkit contains two packages of feathers (10 in each color), one cardboard plate ready to be used, one piece of green cardboard 21 x 7.5 inches, one piece of silver cardboard 8 x 4 inches, one small bag of golden sequins, and five pieces of crepe paper in assorted colors.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Scotch tape (clear tape)




Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Marcela RodriguezView Profile

As a child, I lived in southern Chile in lighthouses, as my dad was a lighthouse keeper.  At school I loved art classes, and my teachers would always say that I was a daydreamer.  While pursuing a construction degree in college, I took drawing lessons at the School of Fine Arts in Vina del Mar.  In Santiago I discovered street theater, and started working as a performance artist with TEUCO and Sociedad Anonima, two street theater troupes.  We did our own mask and prop designing.  I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1992, where I got an MFA in painting and drawing. I currently live and work in Concon, Chile. I have two amazing kids. Some people know me as Amaru, as I sign my artwork under that pseudonym. 

I started crafting when I was very young.  I loved creating things from scratch, like sewing clothes for my doll named Peta. With my sisters and friends, I would make dishes, pots and cups out of clay and dry them in the sun. We made wings out of old cardboard, and then tried to fly them by jumping off a tall ramp and falling onto a big pile of hay. Once I made myself a pair of shoes out of an old bicycle tire, and I swore I could run faster! LOLl!  As a teenager, I used some of my dad’s wood and some of my mom's yarn to make lamps for my family. While in college, I would make and sell ornamental scrolls with handwritten quotes about freedom, or with song verses by the Chilean musicians Violeta Parra and Victor Jara.

On Chile’s Independence Day, September 18th,  there is a tradition of making and flying kites that I very much enjoyed as a child. My dad used to make huge handmade kites, and we loved to help him. We used to live in the hilly city of Valparaiso, and we loved flying these kites in the strong September winds along with all the neighborhood's kids. We also made windmills out of colored papers for the same occasion. 

I believe that sharing art and crafts brings us closer to each other. It allows us to see that even though we might live in different parts of the planet, creativity connects us all. The crafts I teach have a strong connection with nature, and with a spiritual world connected to the natural world. I feel that we need to reconnect with nature, which is the wisest and most generous teacher we all share.

I really like recycling and making things out of discarded objects. I make plant pots out of discarded water bottles or milk cartons. A few years ago I made a recycling workshop for children and we made kaleidoscopes.  I also love drawing with all kinds of materials.

I love living in Chile, because I enjoy being by the sea. I love to swim in the Pacific Ocean, close to my home, even during the winter months. I also enjoy the winter celebration in the nearby fishing cove where the Chinos come to dance and play their flutes and I get to witness how old, Prehispanic traditions, are still alive today. 

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by Christina on

It was so much fun!! Thank you!!

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Andean Tinku Hat