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Amaru is traditional highland community that is consciously preserving and practicing their ancestral heritage. The community is known for their incredible naturally dyed wool and intricate weavings. Lucia Ccana from Amaru is also the weaving teacher at Kusi Kawsay Andean School. The Amaru community is part of the Ñawpa Ñan movement of cultural preservation, celebrating culture and tradition.
All that was to come sprung from the seeds of Ñawpa Ñan, which is Quechua for Ancient Path. Ñawpa Ñan serves as a strong and vital foundation for all of our projects. With each passing year, our contributions and dedication to the investigation of our ancestral heritage along with our personal experiences surrounding highland traditional communities, keeps the purpose of these projects breathing. We consciously share an interconnected and interdependent life commitment to preserving our ancestral indigenous culture. Communally, we weave our experiential knowledge and together practice our traditional customs and values to create a long-term vision and path not just for our children but also for all of the Quechua communities that we have the honor of sharing this experience with. We are strongly rooted in traditional music, dance and ceremonial practices of the Andean Calendar.
Every year, we celebrate Inti Raymi (Solstice) from the 18th – 21st of June. Indigenous communities from around the world have joined us to mark this momentous event. In 2017, the community of Amaru will be the host of Inti Raymi. The community gathering space we wish to construct for this special time will not cease to be purposeful. Our vision is that this cultural space will serve as a long-term impact to come together, to share, sing, dance and celebrate – a space of exchange and connecting. After the Inti Raymi, the housing will provide a place for people to gather, to stay and integrate into this beautiful cultural experience. With your support, we would be able to build a permanent hospitality welcoming indigenous peoples and visitors to experience the Andean culture throughout the year.
Urpillay Sonqollay – Expression of Gratitude in Quechua.
Amaru’s Cultural Center
Our Need to realize the expansion of the Amaru Cultural Center and Community Space:
Needs to realize the expansion of the Amaru Cultural Center
4 Doors, 4 Windows, 8 Beds, 8 Nightstands and 4 Wardrobes = $ 2400
Floor (Wooden) = $ 1600
Labor = $ 700
Construction of Bathroom (including Labor) = $3500
Roofing = $ 1250 (Funded thanks to New England Biolab Foundation)
Transportation (Amaru is an hour and half from Cusco where most materials are purchased and is located in the high Andes at 4300 meters) and Extras = $ 2600
Make a donation to Pachamama’s Path today to support to the Kusi Kawsay Association’s Ñawpa Ñan project and be a part of enabling the expansion of this beautiful, sacred space. Thank you so much.
Rene Franco Salas, one of the founding fathers of the Kusi Kawsay school, is facilitating the Library project. We have high ambitions for the school library to grow and provide a space for students to quench their reading thirst.
It is hard to believe that Kusi Ñan is three years old already. The land that once was a garbage site has now has been revitalized through hard work, knowledge and love to grow fresh, nutritious and organic vegetables.
The winter solstice welcomes the New Year in the Andean Culture. This special day marks the return of the sun, which is referred to as Inti Raymi. It is the shortest day of the year yet it brings along with it the promise of longer days ahead along with the approaching planting and harvest season. The solstice is celebrated on June 21st (summer) and December 21st (winter). (more…)