Dr. Jago Cooper travels through Peru and Ecuador to reassess the origins, accomplishments and nature of one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Inca: Masters of the Clouds - Q'ero - Netflix
Q'ero (spelled Q'iru in the official three-vowel Quechua orthography) is a Quechua-speaking community or ethnic group dwelling in the province of Paucartambo, in the Cusco Region of Peru. The Q'ero became more widely known due to the 1955 ethnological expedition of Dr. Oscar Nuñez del Prado of the San Antonio Abad National University in Cusco, after which the myth of the Inkarrí was published for the first time. Nuñez del Prado first met the Q'ero at a festival in the town of Paucartambo, about 120 km away.
The Inca: Masters of the Clouds - Films about the Q'ero - Netflix
Q'ero Mystics of Peru Q'ero Mystics of Peru (2014) is a feature-length documentary from filmmaker Seti Gershberg, who worked with the Q'ero for two years in Peru. It is the first installment in a two-part documentary series called The Path of the Sun. Topics discussed in the series include mysticism, consciousness, and the medicinal plant ayahuasca. Q'ero Mystics of Peru is a work of visual anthropology. The film contains interviews with a number of Q'ero, including Pampamisayuq's Don Humberto Soncco, Dona Bernadina Apassa, Guillermo and Rolando Soncco, Don Andres Flores, and Santos Quispe (grandson of the last Altumisayuq, Don Manuel Quispe). Interviewees in the film include Juan Nuñez del Prado, an anthropologist and son of anthropologist Oscar Nuñez del Prado, who led the expedition to Q'eros in 1955; Elizabeth B. Jenkins, author of several books about the Q'ero; Dr. Holly Wissler, an ethnomusicologist who lived with the Q'ero while researching her dissertation on Q'ero music; and Joan Parisi Wilcox, author of Masters of the Living Energy (2004), a book about the Q'ero based on interviews conducted with community leaders. Humano Humano (2013) is a journey driven by a young man’s two hundred questions, which will end up exposing an unknown world both for him, and for the whole of humanity. The true origin of men, and what it means to be human, today remain a mystery. Would the inhabitants of the Andes have the key to reveal this still hidden secret? Filmmaker Alan Stivelman asks these questions of Q'ero Pampamisayuq Nicolas Paucar who he travels with on an expedition of discovery into the beliefs and ideas of the Q'ero. Inkarri, 500 Years of Resistance of the Incas Spirit in Peru Before José Huamán Turpo released this film in 2012, for ten years he filmed Q'ero communities—especially Hatun Q'ero and its hamlets. It documents the people's oral histories in their own voices, and includes footage of rituals rarely seen by outsiders. Video distributions of the film have subtitles in English, French, German, and Spanish. Kusisqa Waqashayku: From Grief and Joy We Sing A 2007 documentary by Holly Wissler, who holds a doctorate in ethnomusicology. This 53-minute independent production has soundtracks in English, Spanish and Quechua. It was filmed and edited entirely in Q’eros and Cusco, Peru. The DVD includes a booklet with supplementary information in Spanish and English. This video seeks to document Q’eros’ musical rituals for the Q’eros community, to educate a larger audience (Perú and beyond) about Andean musical rituals, and ultimately to promote respect for indigenous cultures. It shows how the Q'eros use music for their expression of grief and loss. Q'ero: In Search of the Last Incas A short documentary from 1993 by Mo Fini. Carnival in Q'eros This 32-minute documentary from 1991 was directed by John Cohen. It shows the carnival celebrations of the Q'ero. The Q'ero culture offers important clues into the Inca past and the roots of Andean cultures. The Q'ero play flutes and sing to their alpacas in a ritual to promote the animals' fertility. The film shows how the music evolves from individual, to family, to ayllu, to community, a structure of spiritual activity distinct from the structure of kinship. The Q'ero sing and play separately from each other, producing a heterophonic sound without rhythmic beat, harmony, or counterpoint—a “chaotic” sound texture that exemplifies a key connection between the culture of the Andes and that of the Amazon jungle. The film also focuses on the protracted negotiations by which the Indians were compensated for their participation in the project.