Chillihuani – Is a Quechua community living in the Andes between 3500 / 4500 meters above sea level in Peru. I discovered the community thanks to the articles and books by Ms. Inge Bolin, who first explored and understood the rituals , traditions and life of the community.
Chillihuani conduct a simple life outcast in the far-flung rugged land of the peruvian lands. Electricity has only recently came and t covers just the central part of the village, a bare 15% .The main source of water is the roaring river and potatoes are the base of their diet. They are the descendants of the mighty Inka population , keeping the traditional farming, life style and Ideologies.
“ama sua, ama llulla, ama quella” (don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t be lazy) is the main philosophy on which the community is based , and has been followed for centuries. Unfortunately the government do not try to preserve the unique culture of those small tribes , and treats such as alcohol and american dream are slowly penetrating the so far unspoiled community.
I spent 1 month in their barren village, getting first accepted and than exploring the simple but well organized herder society. Slowly I explored their intimate life made of hard work and love for mother nature. Walking around often I taught , why do they live here? how did they end up in this forgotten place? – than I realized – ” why not? ”
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http://reclaimingjournal.com/sites/default/files/journal-article-pdfs/WEB_BOLIN_18_4.pdf introduction to the community by Inge Bolin