Violeta Parra and the Chilean Folk Revival of the 1950s

  • Ericka Kim Verba


This chapter examines Violeta Parra’s contribution to the Chilean folk revival of the 1950s. She practiced her vocation according to the dual meaning of the Spanish term folclorista: as someone who collects folk songs (folklorist) and as someone who performs them (folk singer). She and her cohort of folcloristas undertook their project of folk revival propelled by a staunch cultural nationalism and a sense of urgency; they firmly believed that there existed a “true” and untouched Chilean folklore awaiting their discovery and that such folklore was under attack on all fronts. In their interlocking practice of definition and defense of Chilean traditions, they contributed to the ideological struggle over what it meant to be Chilean in their times.


Violeta Parra Folklore Chilean popular music National identity 


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  • Ericka Kim Verba
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  1. 1.California State University, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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