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Qero

Q'ero Nation of Peru

The Q'ero Nation is located a one day ride on horseback from the road to Paucartambo in Cusco and is the oldest in the Inca Tradition. They live 4,300 meters high in the Peruvian Andes. They grow and eat potatoes, such as olluco and oca. Children between the ages of 7-14 attend school. Medical assistance is scarce. They work and live as a community of 800 or so people. They marry among themselves and have kept their customs alive since Incan times.

The main activity of the Q'ero, besides agriculture, is weaving. They use natural dyes for their wool. Their techniques and designs are considered to be the closest to those of their ancestors. Their weavings have been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

The Q'erobelieve they are the last descendants of the Inca. According to tradition, their ancestors defended themselves from invading Spanish conquistadores with the aid of the local mountain deities (los Apus) which devastated the Spanish Army near Wiraquchapampa.

The religion of the Q'ero is syncretic, consisting of a mixture of European Christianity with elements of the traditional religion of the Andes. Shamans of different levels (e.g., Altumisayuq, Pampamisayuq) still have a high reputation. They worship Mother Nature (Pachamama) as well as other mountain spirits like Apu Ausangate (Apu Ausangate) and other regional deities.


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  1. Q'ero Woven Runner Q'ero Woven Runner

    Q'ero Woven Runner

    Beautifully finished, fringe enhances the beauty of this richly colored runner. The zig zag pattern suggests qocha, a winding river or a water in a lake and a stylized chakana can also be seen. Handwoven in Peru.

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    $180.00

  2. Q'ero_Woven_Runner Q'ero_Woven_Runner

    Q'ero Woven Runner

    Beautifully finished, fringe enhances the beauty of this richly colored runner. The zig zag pattern suggests qocha, a winding river or a water in a lake and a stylized chakana can also be seen. Handwoven in Peru.

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    $180.00

  3. Watana_Ties_with_Beaded_Trim_-_Narrow Watana_Ties_with_Beaded_Trim_-_Narrow

    Watana Ties with Beaded Trim - Narrow

    The wantana is a typical clothing accessory in several Peruvian communities; a handwoven cord or tie ending in a threaded tassel at both ends can be used for many things: tie one on your hat as a stylish hatband or chin strap, weave it into your hair or other hair ornaments; use it to tie up your despacho cloth to carry your Pachamama offering to the ceremonial site or whatever else you want to adorn with beauty, color and functionality! This one has many tiny white beads.  Yours may differ slightly from the photo due to its handmade nature.  Sold individually. From the Q'ero of Peru.

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    $12.00

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    Watana Ties with Beaded Trim - Wide

    Great glass bead-trimmed woven cord that can be used for many things, so tie one on. On your hat, in your hair, around your mesa, and what ever else you want to adorn with beauty and functionality! Sold Individually. From the Q'ero of Peru.

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    $24.00

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