In July 2015, my spouce and I had been crammed into a minivan that is stuffy 12 other people, climbing away from Lima’s seaside mist to the sun-filled hills tens and thousands of foot above. After hours of dust clouds and dizzying hairpin turns, our location appeared below—the remote Andean town of San Juan de Collata, Peru. It had been a scattering of adobe homes without any operating water, no sewage, and electricity just for a few domiciles. The number of hundred inhabitants of the grouped community talk a kind of Spanish greatly affected by their ancestors’ Quechua. Coming to the town felt like getting into another world.
We invested our first couple of hours in Collata making formal presentations into the town officers, requesting authorization to review two uncommon and valuable items that the city has guarded for centuries—bunches of twisted and colored cords called khipus. Continue reading “Unraveling an old Code printed In Strings-Andean countries create a mystical”