THE GRANDCHILDREN OF THE INCAS by Ritva & Karl E. Nurmi Lehtinen


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With a more focused text to accompany the Finnish photographer's splendid color photos, this is the most coherent in ""The World's Children"" series. Depicting the Quechua Indians of Bolivia and Peru as Inca descendants whose culture still reflects their ancestors' ways, the authors are honest in describing the poverty of this primitive people who ""have received almost no help from the governments of their countries,"" who must learn Spanish in order to get a good job, and who are ""trying to survive and prosper in the modern world without losing any more of their rich heritage."" Meanwhile, Pitkanen's gorgeous photos compassionately depict these hard-working people and their spectacular mountain homeland, where modern Quechuas farm among Inca ruins. A beautiful book about a little-known people whose history provides an interesting contrast to Native North American experience.

Pub Date: Jan. 10th, 1990
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda