Curiosities and customs of Argentina
Tango, the dance of the two cities
dancing masters reinterpreted and adapted the tango for the sophisticated audience of European theaters, this version was to make famous Rudolph Valentino. In the 20's began the golden age of tango with the appearance of so-called Tango Cancion, in which gain value sarcastic and melancholy lyrics at the same time. In the 30s and 40s enters the repertoire of many major orchestras and radio contributes to its widespread use. With the passage of time the tango changes again and evolved up to the present day.
Sensual, deeply intense, tango is for a non-verbal communication between the dancers based on improvisation. It is a free dance choreography by default in comparison with other dances that are based on a basic shape by repeating alternating with some variant.
Gaucho, the tramp of the pampas
With the birth of romantic poetry, the gaucho acquired the dimension of a hero and was re-evaluated the image of the knight protagonist of some important pages of the Argentine War of Independence.
Mate, the Argentine national drink
Everything began when a tribe was apprehended from winter while on a hunting trip. There arose the need to return to the village forced stages but the elder scimano slowed the group. As was often the case, it was decided to leave him to his fate after having built a hut with firewood and food for a few days to avoid that his spirit could take revenge on the tribes. Thanks to the knowledge of the magic arts, the scimano survived. In the spring, when they began to return to migratory birds, the scimano, who knew the language of birds, he questioned them and asked them why they had gone off at the start of the cold season. The birds responded that the snow did not allow them to find food for which they had to migrate to more hospitable lands. Then the scimano promised the birds to show a result which also abounded in winter and showed them the berries of the thorny Calafate and pinching some of the hands, crushed by releasing the juice and offering it at all until saziarli. The greediest, precisely the chingolo and calandria, from that day did not abandon even more Patagonia winter.
Tehuelche, the ancient inhabitants of Patagonia
The Patagonians, as they were called by Magellan, or Tehuelche as they called them Jesuit missionaries, populated the low Patagonia to Tierra del Fuego. Hunters semistanziali working with stone, as in the European Neolithic, produced pottery vessels, knew the metal but did not know how to work it. Divided into two main groups, those who occupied the area north and those who occupied the southernmost part, they lived mainly by hunting and moved following the seasonal migrations of animals. Typically they hunted guanacos in spring, hampered by pregnant females, while in summer they chased rheas. The introduction of the horse after 1670, favored a change in many respects, including the cultural. Now the hunt was done on horseback chasing the prey so that it can catch with the bola, two or three stone balls tied together by long wires made from guanaco skin, bola, which was thrown to the birds' feet in the running to immobilize them. The typical house (the toldo) was shaped screen and consisted of two or three files degrading poles on which were supported guanaco skins sewn together. Each tribe consisted of several hundred people, and led by a chief called cacique. Each tribe owned a hunting ground that was defended firmly, often a cause of wars between neighboring tribes. The men were in charge of hunting, horses and war, women were dedicated to transporting water and firewood, food preparation, sewing and dyeing of hides and growth of offspring.