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The Q’ero People of the Andes

Five hundred years after Spanish Conquistadors invaded South America and decimated the great Inka Empire, the Q’ero people survive in tiny villages that lie between 12,000 and 16,000 feet in altitude. The climate is cold all year. In these harsh and remote lands, little has changed for five centuries. Like all indigenous communities in Peru, the Q’ero face severe pressures regarding the fate of their ancestral lands, the survival of traditional practices, and their place in Peruvian society.

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Q’ero Life in the Andes: A Partnership

Featuring commentary by elders about their cultural traditions, this film highlights the 10-year partnership between Heart Walk Foundation and Hapu and Quico communities, exploring how respect for culture, traditions, and environment are the foundation for a stable future for the Q’ero people.