Thursday, April 07, 2016

Qhapaq Ñan

 Maybe I should follow Eddie Cochran’s advice and “take my problem to the United Nations.”

      Now when you are reading this blog and thinking I’m a little crazy for suggesting that New England’s estimated 250,000 miles of Iconic Stone Walls might be Indigenous (Native American) in origin – in particularl the double rows that line (or once lined) trails that turned into roads – I’d suggest you take a look at some of what follows below:
   “The Qhapaq Ñan, an Andean road system which in Argentina crosses seven provinces and extends along over 118.5 kilometers, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, during the 38th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar.

     As the backbone of the political and economic power of the Tawantinsuyo (Inca Empire), this network of roads of more than 30,000km (18,641.136 miles) in length, connected many productive, administrative and ceremonial centers, built over 2,000 years of Andean pre-Inca culture, covering an extensive area from the center of Argentina and Chile up to the southeast of Colombia.”

Lima, nov. 23 (ANDINA). As part of the application process of Qhapaq Ñan to the list of World Heritage of Unesco, working closely with the surrounding towns the Inca Trail to raise awareness about the protection, conservation and sustainable use, it was reported today.
Rodrigo Ruiz, coordinator of Community Participation of the project by the Ministry of Culture, said that working on the basis of 96 localities, among which are districts, rural communities, annexes, villages and in some cases though mínimos- land private.
"With locations is a progressive work I carried out according to the ministry's logistics capabilities, to seek add a framework of social protection Qhapaq Ñan" he said in statements to Andina news agency .
It is necessary, he said, that people recognize the importance of the cultural heritage and contribute to its protection and enhancement.
This, he added, because one of the indications apply to Unesco World Heritage Inca Trail is to be done in a participatory manner and with the consent, information and consultation of the localities in the environment.
"I will convey to the communities that have a global heritage within its territory will help generate activities for the social, environmental, educational and economic development of its people," he said.
Even claims for attention from the State to these areas, he said.
Ruiz said that this outreach work with the populations where lies the Qhapaq Ñan is not limited to the nomination, as the project of this road system, which began ten years ago, always involved a community effort.
The reason, he said, is that precisely the Inca trail has been preserved in the highland areas of the country where the rural communities that continue to use it as a means of interconnection between the adjoining towns.

"So, our efforts are aimed at achieving the commitment to protect the Qhapaq Ñan, through the signing of memoranda of understanding, even with the peasant patrols, as has already been done during the meetings that we held, both in confined areas and outdoors, "he said.
Populations are indispensable allies to take care of the cultural heritage, located in areas that exceed sometimes 4,000 meters above sea level, where state presence is not continuous due to the remoteness he said.
He also stressed that thanks to the undertaken dialogue has advanced over 18 areas classified maximum protection for the nomination process, of the 33 that are taken into account.

"This advance means 43 locations intervened this year in different regions Ancash, La Libertad, Huanuco, Lima, Junin and Piura" he said.
He added with 43 commitments signed by the localities, which have decided to support in all activities organized and propose works to be executed jointly.
She stressed that the signatories recognize the need to define zoning protection areas to preserve the Qhapaq Ñan, which in many cases means that adapt some traditional actions that may jeopardize the heritage.

In this regard, he cited agriculture, housing and public works that often are made without regard to cultural heritage.
In Peruvian territory 25,000 kilometers of Inca Trail were recorded and estimated that there are 40,000 total level of connecting six countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
These nations have joined forces for a declaration of Qhapaq Ñan as a World Cultural Heritage site and prepare the respective file in order to raise it to Unesco, possibly in January 2013.


Published: 23/11/2012

100 kilometers from Salta and confused (?) in a majestic landscape, are the ruins of what used to be a key pre-Colombian trade center.

 And you might find some zigzag stone walls with Serpent imagery contained in them:

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