THE INKA CHALLENGE
Yachay Wasi 'Simin', the Newsletter of Yachay Wasi, is one of the instruments building a bridge between the people of New York, their friends at large and the people of Cuzco, in the context of the United Nations ushered global civilization, keeping the perspective of the ancient wisdom over the historical evolution which led to the spiritual conflicts of our time: the survival of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) within the knowledge of the Creation.
Yachay Wasi 'Simin' demonstrated its purpose in the INKA CHALLENGE campaign in response to the 1995-96 mishandling of the 500 years old frozen remains of an Inka young girl ritually laid on Mt. Ampato, Peru and their subsequent public exhibition by the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.
Though it may have appeared a David/Goliath type of action, the public and media support underlined the seriousness of the facts: the spiritual dimension and the legal implications derived from the US Public Law 101-601 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act as well as the UN Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which touches on the subject:
"States shall take effective measures, in conjunction with the Indigenous peoples concerned, to ensure that indigenous sacred places, including burial sites, be preserved, respected and protected." (Part III, article 13) **
** This paragraph was deleted when the Declaration was adopted by UN General Assembly in September 2007.
Information and chronology of the Inka Challenge were given to participants of Yachay Wasi 2009 local conference "Sacred sites: Biodiversity and Andean spirituality" which took place in the Andean village of Acopia in Peru. - English - - Spanish -