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Sacamefotos And Tejedoras: Frontstage Performance And Backstage Meaning In A Peruvian Context

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For the past fifteen years, women from the mountain communities of the Pisaq district have been coming to the village on market days so that tourists can take their pictures. These women (sacamefotos) pose as 'authentic' people who present a certain, essentialized aspect of the cultural heritage. This chapter analyses how these comuneras present themselves to tourists (frontstage) and the processes that occur when tourists are not around ('backstage'). Another interesting phenomenon in this region is that nowadays women from the mountain communities sell their weavings (tejidos) directly to tourists instead of selling them to Piseño market dwellers, as they did in the past. The chapter provides an insight into the societal consequences and cultural outcomes of tourism in a Peruvian Andean context. It is based on an analysis of sacamefotos, tejedoras and tejedora-sacamefotos at the two most visited tourist sites in Pisaq: the marketplace and the ruins.

Keywords: comuneras; cultural heritage; Peruvian Andean context; Pisaq; Piseño market; sacamefotos; tejedoras; tourists (frontstage)



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