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 segement, Donato Amado, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and José Pino, Andean Studies Program of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, speak on “The Power of the Qhapaq Ñan for Integration, Transportation, and Communication.”
Donato Amado is a doctoral candidate in Andean studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a member of the National Academy of History. He earned a BA in history from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco and an MA in history from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Amado is a specialist in Andean rural history of the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. His research focuses on the Andean highway system, the Qhapaq Ñan Cusco Project, the ceque system, and land tenure in the Valley of Cusco and Machu Picchu.
José Pino has an archaeology degree from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, and earned a master’s degree in the Andean Studies Program of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, the university where he currently is a doctoral candidate. His specialization is in Inka archaeoastronomy and memorial routes, with a focus on ancient roads and ceremonial sites within Cusco, Tamburco, Curamba, Huánuco Pampa, Pumpu, Huarochiri and Tarmatambo. Pino also served as one of the coordinators and Technical Secretaries of the National Commission of the Qhapaq Ñan Project Perú via the Ministry of Culture.
The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015