Quechua is a living language (a language family, in fact). Quechua has many regional varieties, and is spoken by 1 in 10 Peruvians (4 million), and approximately 9 million people across Latin America. This makes it the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. Not only that, but there are growing numbers of indigenous migrants, who speak Quechua, in places like the US, Spain and Italy.
Américo Mendoza-Mori, professor of Quechua at the University of Pennsylvania, points out that there is even a greater number of Peruvians who identify with the Quechua language, even if they don’t speak it.
In his live chat with Traveling & Living in Peru (watch below), Mendoza-Mori shares how contemporary creators -from musicians to painters and actors- are using Quechua as an act of awareness and resistance against long-held stereotypes and prejudice.
Listen to this playlist of Quechua songs, past and present, created by Mendoza-Mori:
Watch our chat with Mendoza-Mori below, and follow him on Instagram for more information.
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