Fascinating article in the NYTimes about soccer and the Quechuan language...and of course, so much more. Inspired me to share some of my favorite portraits of Quechuan people I've photographed over the years in Cusco, Peru and in the mountains of Ecuador.
From the article: "Luis Soto is narrating Peru’s first appearance at the World Cup since 1982 in his native language, Quechua, the latest move to keep a fading oral tradition alive.
By Raúl Vilchis - NYTimes:
Soto had to clear a basic hurdle: finding a term for “soccer ball.” Quechua was developed by the ancient Incas, and the only word for ball that he knew was used in Cusco referred to a sphere made from pieces of llama neck leather and used in religious ceremonies. “The term didn’t exist,” he said, “so we had to adapt.” After canvassing local players, Soto settled on “qara q’ompo,” which means leather ball, or sphere. It is one of about 500 terms and phrases he has compiled over the last decade into what is probably the world’s only Quechua soccer dictionary. He shares it freely with anyone who is interested." @nytimes #peru #ecuador #portraits #bwportrait #faces #quechua @blackandwhite_art #artofportraits #cusco