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In the last days I ended discovering that certain groups of westerns created a new condition or category for certain indigenous peoples in Peru. For us Peruvians there is not relevant at all if any of our indigenous groups receive a title and because this title they become special or different in some way.

Peru is a multicultural country that throughout its historical process has managed to become one of the most varied of the world in its nature and culture comprising a large category in archeology, history, art, etc. The human testimonies are also as large as we can imagine, with ethnic groups from North to South where the Peruvian nation did not have the way to register all or to give special nominations to all of them, hence the importance for their general protection, conservation and transmission to future generations, as well as the struggle to avoid predation, the same that started from the time of the invasion of the Christian church.

The Peruvian cultural heritage is under the protection of the government and National Community, whose members are obliged to cooperate in conservation. These assets are divided mainly in Archaeological, Historical, Ethnic and Artistic, with competent state agencies for preservation and caution, the National Institute of Culture, the National Library of Peru and the General Archive of the Nation. It is the responsibility of these institutions to identify, standardize, preserve, research and disseminate the cultural heritage of Peru in the areas of their competence. The National Institute of Culture is responsible for protecting and declared Cultural Heritage and Archaeological Historical and Artistic Heritage, as well as oral cultural events and traditional practice.

However, the sheer number and diversity of goods under the National Cultural Heritage held by different institutions and individuals, has discouraged the imposition of compulsory registration of the same, due to lack of adequate infrastructure and the means to effect a National Inventory movable and immovable cultural heritage. (

Even if Peru did not have the infrastructure to registered all the different known heritage, did already some registers in all kinds, many are related to Catholic religious festivities, of course included the Q'ero tribe who is very much Catholic as many other tribes and communities of Peru. But want to point that if many others are not yet registered is for lack of logistics and not because the different ethnics who are not in the list do not mean that are not important or are less important than the ones registered already. I am pointing this in order to clarify some of the partial arguments that some westerns are proposing to make a distinction of our indigenous groups. For example in 2005, "Taquile island and Its Textile Art" were honored by being proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. And about the ritualistic action or offerings, any kind of argument that the Q'ero are unique or special, this is not true because all of us indigenous we have our own ways to perform ceremonies. What we commonly see is that most of Q'ero are involved into the Catholic dogma and believes, which is not for sure the ancient ways.

The next is a tiny list of the Peruvian government nomination of Patrimonio Nacional.

The feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria in Puno.
The Carnivals Ayacuchano
Feast of Corpus Christi in Cusco.
The festival of Qoyllorit'i of Cusco.
The feast of the Lord of Miracles
Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen of Paucartambo
The Pisco Sour
The Q'ero culture, ethnic culture
The feast of the Lord from the tremors of Cusco
The battle ritual in Chumbivilcas Toqto Tupay.
The Kene, Shipibo-cultural event conibo
The feast of the Lord of Choquekilka
The fair lord of Lampa, in Paucar del Sara Sara
The Dance of the Devils Cajabamba.
The feast of the Assumption of Virgin Langui
The feast of Our Lady of Cocharcas
The traditional fair in Cusco Santurantikuy
The feast of Pentecost Yucay Cruces
The feast of the Virgen del Carmen of Huari
The songs Eshuva or prayed Harakmbut of ethnic Huachipaire
The Feast of Santa Fortunata in Moquegua
The Feast of San Juan in the Peruvian Amazon
The Feast of San Sebastian in Cusco
The Easter Omate
The Carnaval de San Pablo in Cusco
Feast of San Juan Bautista Pachaconas
The Feast of the Tata Pancho in Yunguyo
Holy Week in the province of Bolivar in La Libertad.

If some westerns because they created already a preferred tendency for their own benefits want to exclude 4 million indigenous from Peru with arguments which are not exact, but very arbitrary, this will affect the Peruvian history face to your own eyes and this will put you once again as superficial as you showed when interpreted the history of native nations. You should leave these peoples to have their own evolution and if you want to participate in this process at least be more accurate in the historic facts and do not create division as proposing some better than others.

"Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed". (Nietzsche)

Tupaq Katari from Capachica community in lake Titikaka, Peru

About the author:
I am a native from the lake Titikaka area and from the Capachica peninsula. I live in Peru and travel for work to different communities. I dedicate part of my time to discover the ancient wisdom and am very interested in history.


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