THE LLAMAS OF SOUTH AMERICA by Gladys Conklin

THE LLAMAS OF SOUTH AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Conklin pays one of her informal social calls on llamas, alpacas and their wild relatives, the elusive guanaco and endangered vicuna. After meeting their ancestor, a prehistoric cameloid no bigger than a jackrabbit, we revisit the annual Royal Hunt of the ancient Incas and survey the animals' importance, ceremonial as well as practical, to that ancient culture. Similarly, the llama's modern role as a beast of burden and the development of the wool-bearing wonder hybrid, the paco-vicuna, are only part of the present day story; a white llama is still sacrificed annually at Lake Titicaca and, for sheer atmosphere, you can listen for the music of the llamas' ""harplike"" humming to the accompaniment of a shepherd's pipe. Light and pleasant.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1975
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Holiday House