Jaqaru: Campaign Launched to Protect Dying Peruvian Language from Extinction

(Photo: AP. A traditional dance in Peru.)

Journalist, The Independent

December 26, 2015 – The children sit rapt as Rosalbina Valerio, 77, recounts a traditional fable in her native Jaqaru, a language now so rare that it is spoken by only 580 people in three villages scattered along a precipitous valley in the Andean foothills above Lima.

The story, about a pale-skinned demon who turns up for dinner but then attempts to eat his hosts, offers a revealing glimpse into the Jaqaru psyche, and how this indigenous culture has been under siege ever since marauding Spaniards first showed up here in the early 16th century.

READ FULL ARTICLE: Tegel, Simeon. “A Campaign Has Been Launched To Protect A Dying Peruvian Language From Extinction“. The Independent. N. p., 2015. Web. 29 Dec. 2015.