Andean Lives / Edition 1

Andean Lives / Edition 1

by Ricardo Valderrama Fernandez
     
 

Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán were runakuna, a Quechua word that means "people" and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants neglected, reviled, and silenced by the dominant society in Peru and other Andean countries. For Gregorio and Asunta, however, that silence was broken when Peruvian anthropologists Ricardo Valderrama

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Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huamán were runakuna, a Quechua word that means "people" and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants neglected, reviled, and silenced by the dominant society in Peru and other Andean countries. For Gregorio and Asunta, however, that silence was broken when Peruvian anthropologists Ricardo Valderrama Fernández and Carmen Escalante Gutiérrez 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. Working directly from the Quechua, Paul H. Gelles and Gabriela Martínez 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 of Gregorio and Asunta, giving readers fascinating and sometimes troubling glimpses of life among Cuzco's urban poor, with reflections on rural village life, factory work, haciendas, indigenous religion, and marriage and family relationships.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292724921
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Ricardo Valderrama Fernández is an anthropologist.

Carmen Escalante Gutiérrez is an anthropologist.

Paul H. Gelles is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside.

Gabriela Martínez Escobar is a professional ethnographic filmmaker in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Paul H. Gelles
Preliminary Note to the Original Edition: Ricardo Valderrama Fernández and Carmen Escalante Gutiérrez
Gregorio Condori Mamani
1. Beginnings
2. Aeroplanes and Other Beasts
3. Military Tricks
4. Earth Mother, Cropkeeper, and the Three Brothers
5. The Barracks
6. "The Army Isn't Christian"
7. Inkas and Spaniards
8. Stories from Jail
9. Rosa, Josefa, and Miracle Shrines
10. Life with Asunta
11. The Factory
12. We Strappers
Asunta Quispe Huamán
13. Running Away from the Hacienda
14. Eusebio
15. "I Stopped Bearing That Cross"
16. Life with Gregorio
Postscript: Paul H. Gelles and Gabriela Martinez Escobar
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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