The Quechua : Disappearing World

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  • The Quechua live in an isolated part of Peru where, unlike the Mehinacu hundreds of miles to the east, they desperately want a road to link them with civilization and all its benefits - such as tourist trade. Although their religion is mainly Christian, this sometimes conflicts with some of the old pagan beliefs which they still retain - and despite those who advocate social change, there are also those who wish to preserve their traditional way of life. The highlight of the film is the Qoyllur Rit'i festival, held 17,000 feet up in the Andes on Mount Ausangate - at the sanctuary of the most powerful of the south Andean mountain spirits, the Apus. Missionaries had incorporated this age-old shrine of the tribes into the Catholic region. Here, the Quechua pray for help - and in 1974 their dominant prayer was "Please give us the road.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 17, 2012.
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  • Isolated in the Andes (2:58) -- Family Structures (2:31) -- Quechuan Spiritual Life (2:22) -- Preparing for a Pilgrimage (3:35) -- Journey to Qoyllur Rit'i Begins (3:28) -- Reaching the Sanctuary (5:17) -- Overnight at Qoyllur Rit'i (1:24) -- Returning Home to Qamawara (3:13) -- Pachamama Prayers (6:47) -- Looking Toward Modernity (1:45) -- School (1:29) -- San Salvador (4:49) -- Pisac (1:49) -- Quechua Social Shifts (1:23) -- Village Assembly (3:27) -- Trip to Cuzco (2:58) -- Credits: The Quechua: Disappearing World (1:02)
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