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Experience the music and dance of Peru

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Experience the music and dance traditions of Peru during a free performance at 5 p.m. Saturday at Conexion Comunidad, 637 N. 11th St. in DeKalb.

The Peruvian Folk Dance Center of Chicago will perform traditional dances in concert with Peruvian music played by Guitarra, Cajon y Zampona.

This community event is provided by the Anthropology Museum at Northern Illinois University, in conjunction with a current exhibition titled “Beyond Machu Picchu: Culture and Identity in the Andes.”

The Beyond Machu Picchu exhibition at the Anthropology Museum explores the material record of cultural identity in the Andes by contrasting objects from ancient, pre-European times with objects from today and the recent past.

From contemporary Peruvian pottery and jewelry to ancient ceremonial knives, gold and textiles, the objects in this exhibition were selected to demonstrate that although Andean culture has been evolving for centuries, there is a shared cultural identity that has persevered over time.

Objects represent a range of highland and coastal regions as well as different materials and styles, reminding us of the blend of continuity and change visible in the contemporary world.

The exhibition will be on display through June 29.

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