The preparation of the ceremonial offering is a moment of happiness because it connects the participants with the blessed land, with the spirits of the mountains, and with the messengers of the wind.
— Patricio Crooker, photographer
The Kallawaya are renowned for their traditional medicinal practices and their distinctive textile weavings. High in the Bolivian Andes, the ancient Kallawaya tongue has survived the millennia by being passed down within families and kept mostly secret, known only to the initiated few. Quechua, the dominant indigenous language of the Andes, is used by the community for everyday talk. Kallawaya serves as a vessel carrying something of value to all of humanity: knowledge of how plants can heal us, and of how to maintain balance, harmony, and well-being. The entire Kallawaya community relies on their rituals to sustain their environment, social relations, subsistence, and good health.
Walter Alvarez Quispe, medicinal practitioner
Max Chura Mamani, medicinal practitioner
Lucio Cuba Quispe, medicinal practitioner
Fernando Huanca Mamani, medicinal practitioner
Lola Palluca Nina de Quispe, weaver, ritualist
Yola Martina Quispe de López, weaver, ritualist