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, Victoria Castro, Emeritus de la Universidad de Chile, and Mauricio Uribe, Universidad de Chile, speak on “Inka Road and the Andean Landscape.”
Victoria Castro is professor emeritus at the University of Chile. She is an activist in the struggle for recognition of indigenous communities and in the pursuit of Chile’s identity as a multiethnic and multicultural country. Castro was a consultant to the UNESCO panel that designated the Inka Road a World Heritage site and an advisor to the team that created the National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibition The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.
Mauricio Uribe is an associate professor at the University of Chile, where he received his BA in anthropology and his MA in archaeology, and where he has been working since 1998. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Buenos Aires, and he serves on the advisory committee of Argentina’s Archaeological Heritage National Monuments Council. His research focus is the Andean cultures of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.