An art market will be open daily in the Potomac Atrium from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will feature 16 artisans from various regions of Peru who will be selling an array of items, including handmade silver jewelry, ceramics, textiles, masks, colorful scarves and shawls, figurines, embroidered fabrics, wood carvings and more.
Visitors can learn from the indigenous Aymara women of the Puno region of Collao Plateau near Lake Titicaca as they discuss the launch of their community-based tourism project, which has improved the Aymara's standard of living while sharing and preserving their traditional ways of life. The women from the Kukama Kukamiria community will present their conservation project for the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, specifically forestry and aquiculture initiatives.
|Traditional Food and Drink
The Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe will feature a collaborative menu of Peruvian delicacies prepared by famed Peruvian chef,Flavio Soloranzo of Señorío de Sulco Restaurant in Lima and the museum's executive chef, Richard Hetzler.
Visitors can join experts from Pisco Portón for the Pisco Experience in the Mitsitam Espresso Bar area at 3:15, 4 and 4:45 p.m. daily for a 30-minute tutorial on the 500-year history and traditions of Pisco, the national spirit of Peru. Learn how to make a Pisco sour and sample the delicious drink. Seating is limited, first-come, first-served.
At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. a daily workshop at the entrance of the imagiNATIONS Activity Center will explore the lifestyles of Andean children and what they might do on a daily basis such as tending animals, harvesting or weaving. Following the story, kids will be able to assemble and paint paper cutouts of local ecotourism homes.
At 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Laura Russell will discuss who people think their protectors are and then watch a short video on who Andean children believe their protectors are. Children will then compare and contrast the different protectors and draw and paint them to take home.
Visitors will learn about paiche fish, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and the Amazonian pink dolphin daily at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. They can gather near the Amazonian house on stilts for a tale about these incredible fish and then create a dolphin with pink colored porcelain clay.
Free tickets are required for all the activities and are available at the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. All activities are recommended for ages 4 and up.
|Paso Horses and Alpacas
A Peruvian paso horse, which is a breed of light pleasure saddle horse known for its smooth ride, will be shown on the outdoor Welcome Plaza from 2 to 5:30 p.m. daily. This horse is distinguished by a natural, four-beat, lateral gait called thepaso llano.
Learn more about the horse through a display of fine leather and silver saddles unique to this breed, along with a display of photograph. Horse experts from Peru, Esteban Huaman and Alberto Barrena, will talk about the history of the paso horse and the pieces that the horses wear in competition.
A pair of the world-renowned Peruvian Andean alpacas, famous for their fine wool, will also be on view. Fabiola and Eric Moran of Rancho el Chalan provided both the horses and alpacas for the festival. Photo opportunities will be available with both animals.
|Peruvian Plants and Gardens
On the south side of the building and at the main entrance, a Peruvian garden is growing. Visitors can see traditional Peruvian and Andean plants cultivated for food and traditional uses, including several varieties of potatoes, peppers, corn, coffee, guava, agave, quinoa and beans.
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