“More than a centre to preserve legacy, it is a message to the world”

Q'eros - Centre for Ancestral Culture

Wisdom keepers of the Andes

Could there be any consequences of a simple road giving access from a remote village to a city? Of course there are many advantages, but might there also be disadvantages? Yes there are for sure. Let’s find out how we can support cultural preservation to go in parallel with globalization for the Q’ero community.
 
The Q’eros people are known as the wisdom keepers of the Andes, living at an extreme altitude of 4400m. They are considered to be the last Inkan community of Peru and deeply strive to preserve their indigenous ethnic identity. Q’eros live a hardworking life in harmony with nature as organic potato farmers, alpaca herders, musicians and weavers.

 

For the first time in history a new road has reached the Q’eros village a few years ago. This access stimulates mobility with the opportunity for schooling and business. On the other hand, when people slowly move to the city, culture and ancient wisdom will be left behind. Why? Because the younger generation will not learn anymore from the elders?
 
A Culture centre for the locals and a museum for visitors will be built to safeguard the ancestral wisdom and skills to pass on to future generations and to share with all visitors. The Q’eros men and women will be in charge of help curatinge, archivinge and exhibiting photographs, videos, books, oral histories, musical recordings and instruments, textiles, artefacts and more unique to their community. And you can help as well!

 

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The reciprocity projects are to support local communities in their need for passing on their heritage and knowledge to future generations. The project request always originates from the community itself. Together with the letter of intent, we find a way of cooperation that is comfortable for all parties with regular contact and progress review.

To ensure a useful result, all reciprocity projects are in close collaboration with the community and the local partner NGO. For that reason we always work with NGOs we encountered on our journeys with resonating missions and visions.

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