Hofstra University Special Collections, HOF_101
Photograph of bottle dancers from Paraguay performing in a New York City parade, n.d.
Why are these women on the ground? Can you bend like that with a book on your head?
Why do you think there are no male dancers with bottles on their heads?
Why do you think the women would dance with bottles on their heads? Would that be difficult?
Describe the costumes worn by the dancers.
Why would this performance be part of a parade?
What is the history and purpose of the Paraguayan bottle dance?
Locate Paraguay on a map. Research why people from Paraguay came to the United States.
Art: Create a brochure or a poster that outlines plans for a Latino cultural parade in your area. Include at least three different cultural groups and what they would present as a traditional performance.
Music: Learn a traditional Latino dance to perform in a group.
Home and Careers: Create a traditional Latino costume and create a poster explaining how to make it using only traditional methods.
Augustin, Byron. 2005. Paraguay (Enchantment of the World, Second Series). Children’s Press, 2005.
Wagoner, Bob. 1991. Community in Paraguay: A Visit to the Bruderhof. Plough Publishing, 1991.