Temporalities of Andean Heritage Landscapes
In the Peruvian Andes, the recent conversion of Pre-Hispanic ruins into archaeological heritage sites in the name of scientific research and tourism exploitation has brought about a number of issues for the Quechua-speaking communities living with or near the ruins. The imposition of a new spatial and temporal order in the ruins, dictated by aggressive heritage conservation policies, has separated the villagers from a historic space by severing the past from the present as well as by triggering processes of displacement and exclusion, among other negative consequences.
This talk addresses the case of Chinchero, a highland town Northwest of Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca empire, on the way to the famous site of Machu Picchu. In addition to examining the changes occurred as a result of the implementation of hegemonic heritage values in the archaeological site, a case is made for the need to find alternative management models more attuned to indigenous notions of time and uses of space. In this regard, a tentative proposal for how things could be done differently by reincorporating traditional landscape practices into the site is put forward.
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