Morenada Juventud san Pedro residentes de Achacachi “Los Catedráticos” con su paso militarizado
he complete name of the morenada dance “Los Catedraticos”
is Youth saint Peters Morenada dance residents of Achacachi “Los
Catedráticos” with their militarized step.
Around the 70s of last century, there was a
first peak of recovering the bolivian aymara and chola culture in the
cities of Bolivia. The children had seen dance their parents in the
processions of the patron saints of the towns and neighborhoods of Chuquiyapu city (current La Paz).
These children that grew seeing dance, also
wanted already to participate fully of the dances and processions, no longer as
ositos (Teddy bears) figures or other fashion-plates that had those
fraternities, but as full dancers. They surely already felt the devotion to
their patron saint. With the force of the adolescence, they surely danced with more energy and enthusiasm that their parents, and with
dance steps different to the other dancers. It is given had discounted that
they were no longer part of the troop of dancers, but rather they formed groups
or different and separate "blocks", dancing in front of the normal
troop of dancers.
That youth differentiated them from the
other dancers, also gave them the name: “youth”.
As most Catholics know, saint Peter, was
one of Jesus' disciples. Saint Peter is the patron of myriad of towns and
cities in the world. And it is in fact saint Peter’s party—June, 29—the main festivity
of Achacachi city, and it’s this city where they came from most of these
"youth" dancers. “Youth saint Peter” was a call of the homesick. To
be called this way. "Youth saint Peter", it was as, an evocation, to
the native town, that they had to leave.
Residents of Achacachi
In 70s the "young people had to be
looked for the life", they were new times. The youth of Achacachi
went to their natural center of migration: La Paz city or Chuquiyapu, where they surely carried
out diversity of occupations and jobs.
But this "youth" hardly ever felt
urban, they were for a while "residents". Since, usually the weekends
and in times of crop they returned to their native city: Achacachi. It is for that reason of the name of: "youth residents of
name of “Los Catedraticos”(‘The professors’)?
As we said up, “the youth saint Peter residents
of Achacachi” had to look for employment in other cities. It was known that one
majority found employment of in the Engineering faculty of the UMSA
(Universidad mayor de san Andres), surely as ushers, porters, clerks, etc.
This “youth saint Peter residents of
Achacachi” decided to dance the morenada dance, but as a separate block inside
some of other morenadas settled down in the great Entrance of the Gran Poder.
But they did not know with what name to
dance. But suddenly they concluded that, “if the true professors of the place
where we work teach engineer, we, as new dancers, will teach to dance the
morenada. Our name will be “The catedráticos' (The Professors’)…that teach the morenada
It is that how the name of this block was
born, dancing first as block into the biggest morenada of that time: the “Plana
What is that “of militarized step"?
This youth of residents of of Achacachi,
almost all had already lent their military service. The dance steps invented by
them for the morenanda, also had those tints and aftertastes of marches and
parades in those that they had been well trained. The new dance steps for the
morenada had turns, to the right or left, returned stockings, stopped in firm,
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