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Andean Lives: Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman

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Gregorio Condori Mamani and Asunta Quispe Huaman were runakuna, a Quechua word that means "people" and refers to the millions of indigenous inhabitants of the highlands of Peru and other Andean countries. Exploited and reviled by local power holders, neglected by the state, and silenced by dominant cultural discourses, the voices of this cultural majority are seldom heard ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Texas Press
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This was my first introduction to the people in the highlands of Peru. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to love this book. Or like it a lot. But I just didn't, and I hate myself for it. I know that this is not supposed to be a book about character development, it's not a book where I should expect to be reeled in to the story, but nevertheless I was bored. I felt like there were so many interesting things that these two people talked about that I would have LOVED to hear more about. My husband, a P ...more
Dec 17, 2007 Xarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is the moving tale of two native Andeans and the extreme hardships they have lived through. It's very hard to imagine people who are barely scraping by, especially in this day and age, but who still have some hope and still are able to smile.

I think more people need to read about other cultures, especially minorities, just to understand that our problems really pale in comparison to those who live with hunger, oppression, and violence. It provides a great view of how others live around peo
from my undergrad anthropology was interesting enough for me to keep for 10 years, apparently never enough to compel me to re-read it!
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