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05 JUNE 2016


We belong to the people of OMAGUACA, consisting of 49 communities who live in the wide region north of the actual province of Jujuy,in the Republic of Argentina. Until 1532, when the conquest started, we belonged to the Andean Inca Confederation of TAWANTINSUYU (the four regions of the sun: Chinchasuyu to the north, Kuntisuyu to the west, Antisuyu to the east and Kollasuyu to the south). We are the KOLLASUYU. Our emblem shows the sun and the moon, the Wipala with the seven colors of the rainbow and a white flag that distinguishes us with the color designated to the Kollas, and the Chacana, or Southern Cross, that shows us the way. Over 500 years after the conquest, we still carry on living as we used to, living with nature on a day to day basis (spirituality) and using our traditional clothes, eating our food, dancing our dances, singing our chants, playing our traditional Andean instruments, etc. We have to admit that our life style has been affected by the western culture. However, some of our principles and the values of the Andean culture has made it possible for us to survive and keep our own identity. We have always lived clinging to to our beliefs and respecting the rituals dedicated to our Pachamama (Mother Nature), Allpamama (Mother Earth), Tayta Inti (Father Sun), Tayta Waira (Grandfather Wind), Mamayaku (Grandmother Water) and to all protective spirits of the four directions. The last language we acquired is Runa Simi (the language of the people), commonly known as Quechua. This language is now being revived, because Spanish is the language we were assimilated into, and we normally speak. During our evolution and coexistence with the western world, our chants, dances, music and almost all our cultural ceremonies have been subject to change, a blending, a symbiosis. Therefore, we will try to show you our culture by tracing a time-line from the most ancient heritage we could preserve, to what we do today during our meetings, festivals and gatherings as family members, as a community or as a people.