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  1. Chicago Arts Orchestra Musica Latina A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

  2. This is a stone cutting by Mayans. The native cultures of Latin America such as the Mayans and Aztecs mixed with the culture of Spanish colonists. You will see this fusion of cultures in the music we will study. This fusion began 500 years ago and continues today

  3. Cycle of Musical Styles This is how a new style is born Keep this in mind as you listen and read

  4. HuapangoThe huapango is a lively Mexican dance of Spanish origin that is especially popular in the lands along the Gulf of Mexico. Performed by singers and instrumental ensembles ranging from a duo of guitars to a full mariachi band, it is characterized by a complex rhythmic structure mixing duple and triple meters which reflect the intricate steps of the dance. The huapango is danced by men and women as couples Flag of Mexico Couples dancing the Huapango

  5. Take a moment and listen to track 1 while viewing the photos -In track 1 Festive Huapango listen for the complex rhythm ( listen for 3 beats in the space of 2) The piece is played on the marimba A Marimba

  6. Dancing the Huapango

  7. Dancing the Huapango

  8. Dancing the Huapango

  9. Dancing the Huapango

  10. Dancing the Huapango

  11. Dancing the Huapango

  12. Dancing the Huapango

  13. Dancing the Huapango

  14. Origin in Folk Tradition The song and dance form originated in the Huasteca Region near the Gulf of Mexico

  15. The Huasteca Region

  16. The Huasteca Region • The term "huasteca" derives from "huaxtla." The term "huapango" is of Nahuatl (a native language of Mexico) origin and means "dance over wooden platform." The musical accompaniment is the "jarana,”which is the violin and an 8-string guitar ("huapangera"), with vocalists displaying the falsetto, a regional characteristic of the huapango.

  17. Nahua people of the Huasteca region

  18. Listen now to track two -In track 2 Listen to El Gustito and notice the instruments of the Jarana and the falsetto of the men singing (women do not sing the Huapango they only dance) -Listen for the words Huasteca, Huapango and Huapangera -Another good example of the Huapango is Track 3, Lo Que Dios me Dio sung by Enrique Nava

  19. View photos of the Huasteca Region while listening

  20. Huasteca Region