My characterization of the Peruvian mask as a Wapuri is just a guess. “Wapuri” is a character in the Bolivian Kullawada dance, which refers to a long-nosed European character. I am assuming that the Peruvian version is just a little different, but is used for similar purposes in similar dances. I could be wrong. Aaron, 583
A: I think you are correct.
The Peruvian Indians are mountain-dwelling, Quechua-speaking relatives of the Bolivians who live further south in the same Andes mountain range. Their customs and costumes are similar when it comes to Carnaval. One small difference– the Peruvian masks are usually made with molded plaster made with flour. The Bolivians use lots of other materials including tin.
Don’t you love that nose with its big wart and all that hair coming out. B+
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