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Inka Road Symposium 16 – Inka Religious Power: High Mountain Worship and Pilgrimages

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This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, with a fascinating look at the material, political, economic, and religious structures that integrated more than one hundred Native nations and millions of people in the powerful Andean Empire known as the Tawantinsuyu. In this segment, Christian Vitry, Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina, speaks on “Inka Religious Power: High Mountain Worship and Pilgrimages.”

Christian Vitry is an archaeologist, a professor of geography and biological sciences, and a professional mountain guide. For two decades he has been investigating high-mountain archaeological sites in the Andes and on Inka roads. He is a professor and researcher at National University of Salta, Argentina, an instructor in the Mountain Guides Association, and is the director of the Qhapaq Ñan Program-Andean Vial System (UNESCO) in the Province of Salta.

The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.