The first project that the Ayni Institute has begun to support is The Mysteries of The Andes, a nine film series by Director Jose Huaman Turpo and Producer Alejandrina Calancha. Their vision is to preserve the ancestral traditions of indigenous groups in the Andes and Amazons from a holistic perspective. This means that local indigenous communities share their stories, their culture, and their wisdom through their own voices.
Currently, Alejandrina and Jose are working on the fourth film Voces Que Sanan (Voices that Cure), which focuses on the healing practices, wisdom on life, and message for humanity of the Huachipaeri and Machiguenga communities located in the Amazons of Southeast Peru. This film comes at a critical time where only 19 people are still fluent in the Huachipaeri language. Their traditions, customs, and knowledge that developed over thousands of years are at risk of being forgotten forever.
This film follows the success of their first three films Inkarri, Q’eswachaka, and Nawinchasqa.
Memory lives in all of us:
With your help, we can create the 5 remaining films in the series. You can learn more about the series here.
If you would like to donate to the Memory Fund visit our Act Blue page here.