Cusco Region Interviews

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Hermelinda Quispe Mendoza (41 years old)

How many children do you have?
Five.

 What is your favourite food and drink?
Quinoa soup, 'Lizas' soup (a soup made from a type of tuber) and 'chicha de jora' (this is a traditional alcoholic beverage made from fermented corn - click here for the recipe!)  http://www.ehow.com/how_2099371_make-chicha-de-jora.html

 Do you have any animals?

I have a cow and also some guinea pigs.

What is your favourite music?
Huayno (a traditional Andean folk music with high pitched vocals and panpipes).  Condemayta de Acomayo.

What is your favourite festival?
Carnival (in February)

What is your favourite plant or flower?
Flor clavel (carnations) and flor pensamiento (pansies).

Which product do you most like to make for Mamacha?
Cable knit scarves and the fingerless mittens.

What is your most treasured possession?
My "pollera"  (the large, mutli layered traditional embroidered skirts seen in Peru.  Husbands often embroider skirts and give them to their wives as wedding presents).

Do you ever go to Cusco (the nearest town)?
No.

What do you like and not like about your village?
I don't like it when people get drunk.
 


 
Veronica Apaza Ccallo

How many children do you have?
Two.

What is your favourite food?
Oven roasted guinea pig.

What crops do you grow?
Potato, maize, oca and lizas. (Oca is a tuber, coloured purple, pink or yellow. It is one of the important staple crops of the Andes, second only to the potato due to its easy propagation, and tolerance for poor soil, high altitude and harsh climates.  Lizas is also another type of tuber commonly grown in the Andes)

What animals do you have?
Chickens and guinea pigs.

What is your favourite kind of music?
Huayno (a traditional Andean folk music with high pitched vocals and panpipes)

What are your favourite festivals?
Christmas and Carnival.

What is your favourite plant or flower?
All flowers, but especially gladioli.

Which products do you most like to make for Mamacha?
Gloves, hats, scarves and ponchos.

What is your most treasured possession?
My husband and children.

Do you ever go to Cusco?
Sometimes.

What do you like about your village?
I like its climate and culture.