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Traditional P'urepecha Ball Game for Kids

We are so delighted to be offering some free activities for kids this year, which includes K'uilichi Ch'anacua, a traditional P'urepecha ball game that will surely help them blow off steam while their parents are enjoying art workshops and browsing through the market.  As an artist who creates interesting Pre-Hispanic art and murals, we are also working out the details for a mural workshop for the kids to enjoy when they aren't playing ball!  Marco Antonio Pacheco Ochoa will lead both activities on Saturday and Sunday!  Of course, if your young-ones are creative, and would like to engage in other art workshops, please contact us for more details!

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Marco Antonio Pacheco Ochoa graduated from the Indigenous Intercultural University of Michoacan with a degree in Art & Cultural Heritage and Artisan Design. Pacheco’s first approaches to the practice of traditional games were in 2016, and in 2018, he began working with Victor Ignacio Ayala to rescue this ancient game, offering free workshops in the Vasco de Quiroga Plaza Grande in Patzcuaro. The project was to highlight and protecet the tangible and intangible heritage of the P’urepecha. With Fernando Molina in charge of the historical archive of Patzcuaro, the Tariacuri Chanakua Collective was formed in 2019, and has maintained 3 game tournaments per year since, with the first in Patzcuaro, second in Tzurumutaro, ultimately concluding with the 3rd in Patzcuaro.

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We will announce the game schedule ASAP!

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