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Paraguayan Bottle Dancer, n.d.

Bottle Dancer from Paraguay

Bottle Dancer from Paraguay

Hofstra University Special Collections, HOF_102
Document Description
Photograph of a bottle dancer from Paraguay, n.d.
Why is this women on the ground? Can you bend like that with a book on your head?
Why do you think the woman would dance with a bottle on her head? Would that be difficult?
Describe the costume worn by the dancer.
Historical Challenges
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.
Interdisciplinary Connections
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.

Historical Context
New York City is home to hundreds of different cultures. A popular way to celebrate this rich cultural diversity is by hosting a parade. There are several parades that highlight Latino culture. The Latinos Unidos Club hosts its parade in different boroughs to celebrate history and culture. Also, the Hispanic Day Parade in October concludes Hispanic Heritage Month. The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade dates back to underground costume parties in 1920s Harlem.

This Paraguayan dancer is celebrating her national heritage through one of the many parades. She is performing a traditional dance known as the bottle dance. During this dance, women compete against each other by completing the dance with wine bottles stacked atop their heads.

Essential Question
How does immigrant culture impact a local community?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the influence of this activity on the local community.