PERU INTRODUCCIN Topography: Western coast (Costa) mountainous and arid. Andes mountains in center (Andean highlands or Sierra) high and rugged. Less than one-fourth of Sierra, which includes cold, high-altitude grasslands (the puna), natural pasture. Puna widens into extensive plateau, Altiplano, adjoining Bolivia in southern Sierra. Eastern lowlands consist of semi-tropical and rugged cloud forests of eastern slopes
(Montaa), lying between 800 and 3,800 meters; and jungle (Selva), which includes high jungle (selva alta), lying between 400 and 800 meters, and tropical low jungle (selva baja) of Amazon Basin, lying between 80 and 400 meters. Land use: 3 percent arable, 21 percent meadows and pastures, 55 percent forest and woodland, and 21 percent other, including 1 percent irrigated. Climate: Varies from dry in western coastal desert to temperate in highland valleys; harsh, chilly conditions on puna and western Andean slopes; semi-tropical in
Montaa; tropical in Selva. Uninhabited areas over 5,500 meters high have arctic climate. Rainy winter season runs from October through April; dry summer in remaining months. PERU PRIMEROS ASENTAMIENTOS HUMANOS The first great conquest of Andean space began some
10,000 years ago when the descendants of the original migrants who crossed the land bridge over what is now the Bering Straits between the Asian and American continents reached northern South America. Over the next several millennia, hunter-gatherers fanned out from their bridgehead at Panama to populate the whole of South America.
By about 2500 B.C., small villages inhabited by farmers and fishermen began to spring up in the fertile river valleys of the north coast of Peru. PERU CULTURA CHAVIN Chavn was probably more of a religious than political panAndean phenomenon. It
seems to have been a center for the missionary diffusion of priests who transmitted a particular set of ideas, rituals, and art style throughout what is now northcentral Peru. The apparent headquarters for this religious cult in all likelihood was Chavn de Huantar in the Ancash highlands, whose elaborately carved stone masonry buildings are among the oldest and most beautiful in South America. The great, massive temple there, oriented to the cardinal points of the solstice, was perceived by the people of Chavn to be the center of the world, the most holy and revered place of the Chavn culture. This
concept of God and his elite tied to a geographical location at the center of the cosmos--the idea of spatial mysticism--was fundamental to Inca and pre-Inca beliefs. After the decline of the Chavn culture around the beginning of the Christian millennium, a series of localized and specialized cultures rose and fell, both on the coast and in the highlands, during the next thousand years. On the coast, these included the Gallinazo, Mochica, Paracas, Nazca, and Chim civilizations. Although each had their salient features, the Mochica and Chim warrant special comment for their notable
achievements PERU LOS INCAS The Incas of Cusco (Cuzco) originally represented one of these small and relatively minor ethnic groups, the Quechuas. Gradually, as early as the thirteenth century, they began to expand and incorporate their neighbors. Inca
expansion was slow until about the middle of the fifteenth century, when the pace of conquest began to accelerate, particularly under the rule of the great emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui (1438-71). Historian John Hemming describes Pachacuti as "one of those protean figures, like Alexander or Napoleon, who combine a mania for conquest with the ability to impose his will on every facet of government." Under his rule and that of his son, Topa Inca Yupanqui (1471-93), the Incas came to control upwards of a third
of South America, with a population of 9 to 16 million inhabitants under their rule. Pachacuti also promulgated a comprehensive code of laws to govern his farflung empire, called Tawantinsuyu, while consolidating his absolute temporal and spiritual authority as the God of the Sun who ruled from a magnificently rebuilt Cusco. PERU INCAS II
Although displaying distinctly hierarchical and despotic features, Incan rule also exhibited an unusual measure of flexibility and paternalism. The basic local unit of society was the ayllu (see Glossary), which formed an endogamous nucleus of kinship groups who possessed collectively a specific, although often disconnected, territory. In the ayllu, grazing land was held in common (private property did not exist), whereas arable land was parceled out to families in proportion to their size. Since selfsufficiency was the ideal of Andean society, family units claimed parcels
of land in different ecological niches in the rugged Andean terrain. In this way, they achieved what anthropologists have called "vertical complementarity," that is, the ability to produce a wide variety of crops-such as maize, potatoes, and quinoa (a protein-rich grain)--at different altitudes for household consumption. PERU INCAS III
All Inca people collectively worked the lands of the Inca, who served as representative of the God of the Sun--the central god and religion of the empire. In return, they received food, as well as chicha and coca leaves (which were chewed and used for religious rites and for medicinal purposes); or they made cloth and clothing for tribute, using the Inca flocks; or they regularly performed mita (see Glossary), or service for public works, such as roads and buildings, or for military purposes that enabled the development of the state. The Inca people also
maintained the royal family and bureaucracy, centered in Cusco. In return for these services, the Inca allocated land and redistributed part of the tribute received--such as food, cloth, and clothes--to the communities, often in the form of welfare. Tribute was stored in centrally located warehouses to be dispensed during periods of shortages caused by famine, war, or natural disaster. In the absence of a market economy, Inca redistribution of tribute served as the primary means of exchange. The principles of reciprocity and redistribution, then, formed the organizing ideas
that governed all relations in the Inca empire from community to state. La Costa de Per es un desierto montaoso que se extiende desde Chile a Ecuador, cortado por una cincuentena de ros pequeos que descienden desde la rida vertiente Oeste de los Andes y desaguan el el Pacfico. La causa del desierto peruano es la Corriente fra de Humbolt. En estos pequeos valles han vivido seres humanos desde hace ms de
10.000 aos. Fueron cazadores, pescadores y recolectores, pero tambin domesticaron animales y desarrolalron agricultura de regado. Los mayores oasis fueron sede de ciudades y centros ceremoniales. El crecimiento poblacional y desarrollo urbano esta vinculado a la funcin portuaria y a la pesca. Los ciclos econmicos ha sido los del guano y la anchoveta.
ETNIA CHOBBCA La Comunidad de la Etnia Chopcca se ubica en los distritos de Yauli, en la Provincia de Huancavelica y Paucar, en la provincia de Acobamba; Son considerados como los ms pobres del pas. El nombre Chopcca etimolgicamente proviene del vocablo quechua Chullalla o Chupaccasca, que significa Pueblo escogido o Pueblo nico. En el Vagaje de la Historia Regional existen teoras sobre la "Nacin Chopcca" que afirman que
son un pueblo de "Mitmacckuna" o "Mitimaes" de Cusi Yupanqui, una primera afirmacin expresa que fueron trados de Ecuador y otra menciona que son del Valle de Urubamba como Pueblo Elegido y leal al Imperio de los Incas, para el Control econmico, social, politico y militar de la regin habitada por pueblos hostiles y guerreros de la Confederacin Chanka en la poca de expansin del imperio luego que de la Guerra contra los Chankas all por los aos de 1430, donde Pachactec juega el papel de derrotar al ejrcito ms poderoso de la Regin: Los Chankas.
La Etnia de los Chopccas fueron tambin el bastin principal de la Resistencia a Sendero Luminoso en los aos de la Guerra Interna en la dcada del 80 hasta mediados del 95. Es conocido tambin, el arrojo, la valenta, la frrea organizacin y la masiva participacin de hombres y mujeres de esta comunidad para defender la autonoma. Casi toda la poblacin, especialmente las mujeres, nios y nias de esta comunidad, se reconocen como parte de una etnia o la llamada "Nacin Chopcca". La totalidad de ellos son quechuahablantes de la variedad del quechua Chanka.
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