Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán

Andean Lives Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huam n Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman were runakuna a Quechua word that means people and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants of the highlands of Peru and other Andean countrie

  • Title: Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán
  • Author: Ricardo Valderrama Fernández
  • ISBN: 9780292724921
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman were runakuna, a Quechua word that means people and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants of the highlands of Peru and other Andean countries Exploited and reviled by local power holders, neglected by the state, and silenced by dominant cultural discourses, the voices of this cultural majority are seldom heardGregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman were runakuna, a Quechua word that means people and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants of the highlands of Peru and other Andean countries Exploited and reviled by local power holders, neglected by the state, and silenced by dominant cultural discourses, the voices of this cultural majority are seldom heard in Peruvian or Latin American literature For Gregorio and Asunta, however, that silence was broken when Peruvian anthropologists Ricardo Valderrama Fernandez and Carmen Escalante Gutierrez recorded their life stories The resulting Spanish Quechua narrative, published in the mid 1970s and since translated into many languages, has become a classic introduction to the lives and struggles of the people of the Andes Andean Lives is the first English translation of this important book and includes a new introduction, annotations, and revised glossary Working directly from the Quechua, Paul H Gelles and Gabriela Martinez Escobar have produced an English version that will be easily accessible to general readers and students, while retaining the poetic intensity of the original Quechua It brings to vivid life the words, worldview, and historical consciousness of Gregorio and Asunta, who impart their accounts with stoicism, humor, and anger Their descriptions of life in rural villages, isolated mines, semifeudal haciendas, and the houses of their powerful misti masters in Cuzco are eloquent testimonies to the beauty and brutality of everyday life in the Andean highlands.

    One thought on “Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán”

    1. One of the most moving anthropological looks into the lives and struggles of the Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes

    2. This was my first introduction to the people in the highlands of Peru. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to love this book. Or like it a lot. But I just didn't, and I hate myself for it. I know that this is not supposed to be a book about character development, it's not a book where I should expect to be reeled in to the story, but nevertheless I was bored. I felt like there were so many interesting things that these two people talked about that I would have LOVED to hear more about. My husband, a P [...]

    3. This is the moving tale of two native Andeans and the extreme hardships they have lived through. It's very hard to imagine people who are barely scraping by, especially in this day and age, but who still have some hope and still are able to smile. I think more people need to read about other cultures, especially minorities, just to understand that our problems really pale in comparison to those who live with hunger, oppression, and violence. It provides a great view of how others live around peo [...]

    4. from my undergrad anthropology class was interesting enough for me to keep for 10 years, apparently never enough to compel me to re-read it!

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