Walking through the mountains between ravines inside myself, I felt that everything was finished with me. That my ancestors did not leave a flower in me that could bloom among so many weeds and among so many thorns……
Until one uncommon day, when the winds are released from their routines starting, contrary new directions, when the flowers and fruits mature turning with the winds, they begin to spread their knowledge highlight their principles.
Maybe I was hoping that flowers and fruits did not struggle with thorns or weeds, maybe I wanted to see a process of symbiosis, as well as a solidarity between growers and Andean flowers and fruits. This would be as we say kuskalla puririsun yanaparikuspa. (supporting each other let’s walk)
Yuliana Kenfield (yulianasi@hotmail. com) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bilingual Education at the University of Texas of The Permian Basin. She’s a scholar, researcher, teacher, poet, translator, grant recipient, wife, and mother to twins. Kenfield’s research focuses on sociolinguistics and equity issues around multilingual communities. She was drawn to this topic through a combination of her Peruvian heritage, a concern for the lack of respect for indigenous language practices in Peru, and her own experience as a teacher of Spanish literature and bilingual language arts in New Mexico primary and secondary schools. She hopes her study will resonate with Andean faculty, students, policymakers, and community members and help increase respect for bilingual college students.
Emely Yexy Huillca Quishua (emiliotitovega@gmail. com) is a student of anthropology at the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco (UNSAAC). She is the producer and editor of the short film Vanessa, a story in Quechua sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Cusco. She is a member of Intercultural Volunteering Hatun Ñan student group, a space made up of UNSAAC university students who self-identify as indigenous cultural heritage peoples. She has a research interest in the cultural and political manifestations of the Quechua peoples.
Emilio Tito Vega (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco. He has worked as a teacher and researcher in the regions of Cusco and Apurímac in the Peruvian Andes. He was a teacher of History, Geography, and Economics at Trilce de Cascabamba school, Apurimac. Additionally, he worked as a researcher on extractive activities in Apurímac, promoted by the Bartolomé de las Casas CBC-Cusco Center. His concerns in social research focus on sociocultural conflicts, generated from the entry of mining activity in the Peruvian Andes, where the main affected are the indigenous peoples.