Last week, through Skype, we met with a Where There Be Dragons instructor, who spoke with us about his experiences with the Queri nation, which has roots stemming from the Incan tribes. They live predominantly as farmers and weavers, and their unique lifestyles and vast knowledge about the area are now threatened by outside influences. He described their culture, from manner of dress to language to food, and how they live in a series of autonomous communities mostly isolated from the rest of the world.
Afterwards, we asked him questions about specifics on their tribes and his experiences with them, along with broader questions about his concerns about the outside influences. It was incredible to hear a personal experience about an indigenous tribe that often is marginalized and overlooked.
~Brammy Rajakumar (’19)