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The Altiplano is 4,000 metres above sea level.
The Peruvian Andes is the birthplace of the potato with over 5,000 varieties.

Zenón Gomel Apaza of the Quechua people is a farmer and an agricultural engineer who advocates the use of ancient skills to help Andean farming communities improve their crop yields and ensure variety. Most Quechuas live in the Andean highlands and to th

Have you jumped on the quinoa bandwagon yet? Light, fluffy and similar to couscous in texture and flavor, quinoa has become a trendy superfood in Western culture, with health and fitness gurus labeling it a nutritional powerhouse. As well as being non-GMO

The farming industry is heavily reliant upon climate conditions; sunlight, temperature and rainfall are the main drivers of crop growth. The crops we grow for food need the right temperature and right amount of water to thrive. However, a complex modern-d

Meaning “high plain” in Spanish, the Altiplano is an area of inland drainage at almost 4,000 m above sea level in the central Andes that spans parts of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. It contains several cities, the largest lake in South America (

The term Quechua refers to several ethnic groups in South America who speak a Quechua language, especially in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Argentina. One of the earliest peoples to be conquered by the Inca Empire, the Quechua came under Sp

THE INCA EMPIRE: A source of inspiration for the Quechuas

Tucked away high in the Andes Mountains, the Inca Empire was one of the largest empires in the world with its centre in Cusco, modern-day Peru. In little more than 300 years, the Inca Empire str

THE GREEN REVOLUTION: Agriculture’s double-edged sword

The Green Revolution was a movement in history dedicated to ending world hunger through new advances in agriculture. Between the 1930s and 1960s, a series of research and technology initiatives h

A poem to honor the Nasa people

1524 The year the Conquistadors invaded Guatemala

90% of the Indigenous population was eliminated by disease during the first century of European contact

“Fire is an authority, it runs us, corrects us, and guides us on our path.” – Felipe Gomez

“Our ancestor’s faith helps us to understand ourselves.” – Felipe Gomez

Guatemala – An ancient land with a tumultuous history
Officially the Republic of Guatemala, this Central-American country is bordered by Mexico to the north and the west, the Pacific Ocean to the south-west, Belize to the north-west, the Caribbean and Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the south-east. With a population of 15.8 million, it’s the most populous state in Central America, and also one of the youngest countries in the western hemisphere. Guatemala is known for its rich and distinct c...

Guatemalan Revolution – Ten Years of Spring
The Guatemalan Revolution is the 10-year period in Guatemalan history between the popular uprising that overthrew dictator Jorge Ubico Castañeda in 1944 and the United States-orchestrated coup d’état in 1954 that unseated President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán. The Ten Years of Spring are the only years of representative democracy in Guatemala from 1930 until the end of the Civil War.

From the late 19th century, Guatemala was governed by a series of author...

The Spanish Conquest of Guatemala – Centuries of fighting, enforced religion and legalized slavery
The Spanish conquest of Guatemala was a prolonged affair, the Maya kingdoms resisted integration to the Spanish Empire with such tenacity that their defeat took almost two hundred years. The Conquistadors arrived in Guatemala in the early 16th century led by Pedro de Alvarado, one of Hernán Cortés’ top lieutenants. He arrived with less than 500 Spanish soldiers and just some Mexicans, but by making a...

Mayan Spirituality – An ancient religion still going strong
The traditional Maya religion was founded in 250 AD and has existed for over two millennia. It was founded on the notion that everything in the world contains sacredness. Before the arrival of Christianity it was spread over many different Indigenous kingdoms, each with its own variant. During the first 650 years, Mayan civilization consisted of over 40 large cities, spanning modern-day Mexico, Guatemala and northern Belize.

The Mayan rel...

Felipe Gomez is a spiritual guide and leader of the Mayan alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop. He is fighting for the recovery of Mayan sacred sites for Indigenous peoples through the implementation of the “Law of Holy Places of Indigenous Peoples”, which grants Indigenous communities, the right to manage their sacred sites.

In 1979, +1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and 93 million gallons of radioactive tailings solution flowed into the Puerco River.

100 years – how long it will take to cleanup uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

“Sometimes I feel like this little doll in this case, just being marveled at.” – Shaandiin Yazzie

“The threat of radioactive pollution is so dangerous that it will be hazardous to human health for 100,000 years.” – Klee Benally


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