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Here are a few slides and text rom my trip to Hualcáyan Peru in August of 2013. The purpose of the trip was to explore some potential collaboration between Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico ...

Here are a few slides and text rom my trip to Hualcáyan Peru in August of 2013. The purpose of the trip was to explore some potential collaboration between Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico Regional Ancash (PIARA) (www.piaraperu.org) and students at the University of Memphis and the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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2013 Trip to Hualcáyan, Perú in a Collaborative Project with PIARA 2013 Trip to Hualcáyan, Perú in a Collaborative Project with PIARA Presentation Transcript

  • 2013  Trip  to  Hualcáyan,  Peru  in  collabora8on  with  Proyecto  de  Inves8gación   Arqueológico  Regional  Ancash  (PIARA).    
  • In  August  of  2013,  I  traveled  to   Hualcáyan,  Perú.    The  village,  with   a  popula8on  of  about  400,  is   located  in  the  department  of   Ancash  at  about  3200  meters   (10,500  feet)  above  sea  level  in  the   Cordillera  Blanca  Mountain  Range   northeast  of  Lima,  Perú.           The  purpose  of  the  trip  was  to   inves8gate  the  poten8al  for   collabora8ve  projects  between   PIARA,  students  in  the  Museum   Studies  Graduate  Cer8ficate   Program  at  the  University  of   Memphis,  and  the  C.H.  Nash   Museum  at  Chucalissa  in  Memphis   Tennessee,  U.S.  
  • AVer  a  10  hour  bus  ride  from  Lima,  I  spent  the  night  in  Caraz  at  about  2200   masl  acclima8ng  to  the  increased  eleva8on.  
  • The  village  of  Hualcáyan  was  founded  in  the  early  1980s.    The  400  residents   primarily  work  in  agriculture  and  raise  livestock.    
  • The  first  night  in  the  village  the  new  arrivals  were  treated  to  a  dinner  of   rabbit  and  sweet  potatoes.  
  • Haulcáyan  is  situated  in  a  complex  of  prehistoric  archaeological  features  that   span  4000  years  of  human  occupa8on  of  the  region.    The  open  field  in  the   foreground  is  where  the  village  plays  soccer.    The  linear  features  on  the   hillside  in  the  background  are  prehistoric  agricultural  terraces.  
  • The  structure  shown  here  is  a  chulpa.    The  interior  contains  four  separate   chambers  used  for  burials  in  prehistory.    At  this  chulpa  and  most  others  in   the  region,  the  mummified  human  remains  and  burial  offerings  were  looted   long  ago.  
  • The  Hualcáyan  archaeological  features  also  includes  a  complex  series  of   prehistoric  mounds  that  that  were  rebuilt  and  expanded  over  8me.    A  second   mound  is  visible  in  the  background.  
  • PIARA  has  conducted  field  excava8ons  at  Hualcáyan  for  several  years   drawing  on  students  from  throughout  the  United  States  and  Peru.  
  • A  cri8cal  component  of  PIARA’s  work   is  the  economic,  educa8onal  and   cultural  heritage  development  for  the   village.    Some  of  the  collabora8ve   projects  with  PIARA  will  draw  on  the   student  skills  and  training   opportuni8es  at  the  University  of   Memphis.       On  August  3rd  of  this  year,  PIARA   organized  the  first  ever  Cultural   Heritage  Fes8val  in  Hualcáyan.         The  fes8val  was  a`ended  by  area   residents,    students  from  the   Na8onal  University  of  Ancash,  and   the  press,  some  who  drove  over   three  hours  to  a`end.                
  • PIARA  provided  many  ac8vi8es  for  the  children  such  as  making  masks.  
  • AVer  a  religious  service  opening  the  fes8val,  numerous  speakers  brought   gree8ngs  and  spoke  of  the  significance  of  Hualcáyan’s  cultural  heritage.     Elizabeth  Cruzado  Carranza  (5th  from  right)  and  Rebecca  Bria  (4th  from  right)   the  Directors  of  PIARA  were  featured  speakers.  
  • Four  different  tradi8onal  dance  groups  performed.  
  • And  a  band  played  well  into  the  night  .  .  .    
  • In  addi8on  to  a  tour  of  the  field  excava8ons,  a  “pop-­‐up”  museum  exhibited   ar8facts  recovered  in  the  past  few  field  seasons.    Although  intended  to  be  on   exhibit  for  the  single  day  of  fes8val,  residents  con8nued  to  visit  the  temporary   museum  the  following  day  as  well.    
  • PIARA  Director  Rebecca  Bria  explains  the  culture  history  of  the  Hualcáyan  site   to  the  municipal  leader  of  the  village  and  a  news  reporter  from  Caraz.  
  • PIARA  Director  Elizabeth  Cruzado  Carranza  shows  preserved  tex8les  to   village  residents.    
  • The  designs  and  effigy  forms  of  ceramic  vessels  were  of  par8cular  interest  to   Hualcáyan  residents.  
  • For  many  area  residents,  the  pop-­‐ up  museum  was  the  first  8me  they   came  to  understand  Hualcáyan’s   ceramic  vessels  and  mummified   human  remains  as  something  more   than  commodi8es  they  could  sell  to   offset  their  poverty.  Village  leaders   have  expressed  an  interest  in   developing  a  permanent  museum   and  cultural  center  in  the  village.     PIARA  has  set  a  goal  of  developing   both  the  preserva8on  and   presenta8on  of  the  village’s  cultural   heritage  for  local  residents  and  the   tourists  who  use  Hualcáyan  as  a   star8ng  point  for  adventure  hiking   through  the  adjacent  Na8onal  Park.  
  • When  it  came  8me  on  the  Fes8val  Day  to  christen  the  new  library  that  PIARA   purchased  and  organized,  the  power  in  the  town  was  out  so  the  loudspeaker   could  not  announce  the  event.    Instead,  the  band  played  on  and  led  the  way  as   the  people  followed,  like  a  Second  Line  Parade  in  New  Orleans,  Louisiana!  
  • The  band  played  and  the  people  danced.  
  • Followed  by  the  ribbon  cujng  on  the  new  shelves  of  library  books  and   computer  sta8on  organized  and  funded  by  PIARA.  
  • A  tremendous  improvement  over  the  old  classrooms  at  the  school.  
  • I  look  forward  to  a  return      trip  in  2014    .  .  .  Follow  my  blog  at:              rcnnolly.wordpress.com  for     updates  on  the  project            and    visit  PIARA  at  www.piaraperu.org