THE INKA CHALLENGE
Yachay Wasip '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 Qosqo, 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 Wasip '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 UNGA in September 2007.
The Inka Challenge is: All involved should know that they are morally responsible in front of the Creator, Indigenous Peoples and their friends.
This controversy is now mentioned in the UN brochure (DPI/1937/B-97-33085- December 1997-20M) published by the United Nations Dept. of Public Information:
Indigenous people: Challenges facing the international community, in the section Indigenous people and issues, paragraph title: Non-protection of intellectual and cultural property rights.
This brochure was part of the United Nations official press kit for their 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
See INKA CHALLENGE Phases 2 & 3