WHAT IS A HUACA?
By definition, Huaca is the quechua (which is the ancient unifying language of Andean people - one language with many dialects) term for a
sacred place. But in pre Columbian times there was no difference between administrative and religious authorities. Therefore, Huacas are
all of pre Columbian monumental and architectonic patrimony such as temples, administrative quarters, fortresses, burial sites, etc. Based
on this historically generic condition we are not choosing those places to be included in this episode because we have selected them as
sacred. They were sacred by definition early on, and this fact relieves us from any further analysis for our present day purposes. Past meets
present in a very nice manner.
FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - the tribute
This is an invitation to take part in a national event that will be a showcase of games that are needed for the entertainment of Peruvian society.
This will be the starting point, amongst other multiple benefits, to strengthen national identity and tourism. No previous circumstances are
needed to determine if this episode can occur. All we need is a little bit of imagination and knowing certain elements of local culture.
Peruvian society has been disconnecting, day in, day out, from its past, as it has understood wrongly that to be modern it has to deny
its past. This is made evident by denying respect, interest or acknowledgement of any value as well as the need to use wrongly or
destroy any physical evidence of past cultures. Authorities are really worried about this process, but the supposed solutions only
make things worse as Huacas and archaeological sites are simply closed with fences, walls and gates, boosting rejection, ignorance,
lack of identity and coherence and lack of understanding of the value that these sites have.
To counteract on this circumstance we invite you to be part of the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo. Our proposal is a day of
tribute, acknowledgement, thankfulness to our ancestors. In traditional Andean terms this would be similar to an Andean pago, when
you pay mother Earth for what it has given you. This is not a religious episode, it is an activity of the civil society that combines joy,
pride, art and sports / athletics. This event can be easily described as a massive visit to the Huacas which sit next to an inhabited
place all over Peru on a Sunday. Basically, it is an occasion to do some introspection where our pre Columbian past is accepted,
not as something taught in a course of Peruvian History, but as a relationship with life, making continuity an externalized, conscious,
collective process for the community. The idea behind the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo is to generate a national process
of respect based on a real time episode. In Lima there are hundreds of Huacas that can be part of the event.
The FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo is a social, sports, artistic, cultural event that meets the following objectives:
This is a topic that helps reaffirm our identity, as it implies the acknowledgement of what our pre Columbian ancestors were, meaning
we are paying respect and being reverent (similar to the day of the dead and all saints). The FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo
will be one more element (its magnitude and transcendental value will depend on those social agents that get involved as well as their
level of engagement) in the rescue of our past, to develop coherently and give us an option for our own future, as we develop an
identity that provides us with collective pride. There is neither education nor technology that can be applied in a positive manner that
is not backed up on a properly rooted identity, as the latter implies that the internal coherence, needed for progress, exists in the
individuals in a society.
2.- ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND MEDIA DYNAMICS
We need leaders who are neither politicians, nor sports people, nor communicators; and this event shall bring artists into such a front
position, no matter who the artist is. The FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo shall allow us to re value artistic activities as artists shall
become mediators, the priests; interacting between the community and their ancestors. We shall coordinate and promote the encounter
of performing and visual artists during the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo, in the area around the different Huacas. Invited or
official; performing artists shall have stages prepared for them for the occasion. Amateurs will also be allowed to participate on non official
stages. Visual artists will have other spaces conditioned for them to prepare and leave their creations exposed to an audience. A large
panel will be prepared in front of every location, where every artist can imprint self expression as part of a gigantic graffiti. The way media
get involved, shall take the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo, its previous circumstances, its development in real time and the
consequences for posterity to another level and another audience. We should include the development of an artistic meta language that
provides everything related to the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo with a much larger aura, giving it the characteristics of a
3.- SPORTS COMPETITION
The creation of competitions and to be able to take part in them is always important for everyday citizens. Physical challenges are very
interesting to most people, both as spectators or as athletes. A race, of whichever type (marathon, walking, skates, roller blades, bykes,
motorcycles, cars, public transport) is to sports the same as the right we all have to sing, dance, scribble or whistle are to art. We can all
do this, nothing excludes anyone, no one is marginalized. A novelty in our scheme is that this event includes a competitive element
based on the knowledge of Peruvian history that will be implanted by means of a game as part of the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS
- el tributo. This is a hurdle race where we are talking of an intellectual hurdle. This variation is rarely seen and it shall allow for a
combination of physical ability and knowledge of Peruvian history. It is a game situation par excellence. The competition shall also
imply a traveling dynamic that forces people to move to different Huacas - by the most diverse means such as walking, running, skating,
roller blading, cycling, motorcycling, going on cars or on public transportation. Competitors can form groups or compete individually -
as they get to know the Huacas.
The FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo shall create a new way to look at our cultural heritage, presence and aesthetic values, as well
as sports… the way we practice them here. We shall develop a magical concept based on elements of local culture and universal interest.
ON THE DYNAMICS
The information shall be transmitted by word of mouth, rumor, press releases, interviews, press conferences, websites, e-mails, promotions,
advertisement and conferences at schools, institutes and universities. At the moment of the FESTIVAL DE LAS HUACAS - el tributo, the
mechanics to be followed on each visited site must be of the following characteristics:
There will be official and non official artists. The official artists are those who are invited and pre registered and the non official artists are those
who come voluntarily to the event to present their aesthetical offering. Thus it is not an obligation to be pre registered.
The audience will also be divided into official and non official. The official ones will be those who pre registered because they want to take
part in the knowledge and physical feats. Each person who wishes to take part non officially chooses the locations he or she will visit,
accompanied by family and friends. Each person will come with flowers to deposit them in the surrounding area of the archaeological sites
to be visited and at that moment this person will do some introspection and meditate. This makes room for a flower market to develop for
Those persons who may want to do a cultural happening can do so in compliance with the previously given tips and pointers. Students will
consult with their teachers on what to take - in the case of schools, institutes, colleges, universities - and this can be a text to be read, a
drawing, a song, a dance, their applause, etc. The official musicians will perform on stages located somewhere around the Huacas. The
non official musicians will come with their musical instruments (acoustic) and they will play randomly some musical piece, not for the other
visitors but for their ancestors, without waiting to be introduced nor a main program - they will do this simultaneously in the designated places
around the Huacas.
Panels will be placed around the Huacas for the official artists to leave a collective mural. Non official visual artists will deposit a small draft
of their work with no previous program. So will each artist of the most diverse artistic disciplines intervene openly in the surroundings of the
Huacas. The process will start early in the morning and will finish when natural light is over. The goal is to visit the largest number of Huacas
mentioned in the initial information - this is a walking event, it is a pilgrimage. The final character will be aesthetical, mystical, magical, ecological,
exotic, a combination of all or some of these options, in accordance with the final orientation or dynamics that will be generated amongst the
different artistic, cultural and social agents who may like this proposal and decide to take an active part in it.
LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION
1. Casual - Those who aren’t registered and who come to satisfy their curiosity and want to do something new collectively. Here we include
the amateur artists who want to participate.
2. Official - The people who register to take part in the challenges of the day and who want to compete for the corresponding prizes.
3. Touristical - Those who want to use this opportunity to know the Huacas under the aura that this event will provide on this particular day.
4. Artistic - Those artists whom we invite to pre register to occupy the stages prepared for them in the surroundings of the Huacas.
The competition shall consist in going from Huaca to Huaca following a route the organizers have pre established for this occasion. Previously
one has to answer questions on Peruvian History, referred to the visited Huacas. This means we have intellectual hurdles to become one of
The questions will be presented by means of a website, aired on a TV channel, articles in newspapers and magazines that participate in the
campaign and will be answered by entering the website.
To take part officially one must register oneself. The final concentration will be in front of one of the Huacas.
Under aged kids have to register accompanied by parents or tutors.