El güegüense, a popular figure in Nicaraguan folklore, is a satirical literary work that makes fun of the Spanish conquistadors. Still danced today, the güegüense–or el Macho Ratón–combines music, dance, and theater to make a statement of protest against status gained through deceptive means. It was likely written in the early 18th century by an anonymous indigenous author, and was named a”Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2005.
It is danced regularly at the Center as well as around Nicaraguan. The end-of-year cultural show for 2012 at the Center featured the Nuevo Amanecer dance group’s rendition of the dance, seen below. The mural above was painted by Center art teacher Gerardo Arías in 1994.