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Nación Q’eros update

Dear Dragons friends and family,

The group wrapped up their Q’eros homestays this morning, and are now making their way by truck back to the town of Ocongate.  Over the past 6 days, they visited three communities in this remote indigenous territory, staying with families in small stone huts along the way.  In the village of Cochamarca, they participated in a sheep sacrifice and Pachamanca feast, in which the food is cooked underground in hot stones.  The group also enjoyed a purification ceremony at an alpine lake, and learned a traditional “tinku” dance at the high pass that divides two communities.  Yesterday, the students learned about traditional weaving, rope making and cooking in the village of Yanaruma.

Students should be sharing their own reflections about their time in Q’eros very soon.  The image above is from the community of Cochamarca.