Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman

Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman

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Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman 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 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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ISBN-13: 9780292724914
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 04/01/1996
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.85(d)

About 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.

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