Suri Sikuri

The Suri Sicuri emerged from andine communities like the Mollos, Aymaras and Lipis. In the region of La Paz it was performed in the provinces of Camacho, Ingavi and Pacajes in order to celebrate a wedding or the construction of a new house.
Its roots date back to pre-columbine times. The name of the dance refers to the hunt of the suri or ñandu (American ostrich) and to the musicians accompanying the dance by playing the andine pan flute, called sicu. The sicu-players themselves are called sicuris.

In the dance the ostrich is portrayed twice: on the one hand the dancers represent the movement of the animal and on the other hand they also evoque some of the bird´s aparicion by wearing enormous headdresses up to two meters wide and made of the suri´s feathers. The male dancers also wear a chest cover originally made of a tiger´s skin and black trousers while the female dancers use brightly coloured skirts.