Ceremonial chuspa: Paqos and traditional Q’ero use the ceremonial ch’uspa, a special fur bag made of an alpaca that was miscarried or stillborn. It is used for carrying ceremonial objects, and they keep it wrapped in a carrying cloth. Coca leaves are carried in the same bundle.
Woven chuspas: A Q’ero man wears a woven bag across his chest filled with coca leaves, and inner coca cloth, and ritual items. A Q’ero woman usually puts her coca in a small strapless bag and tucks it into her waistband. A girl usually weaves the small coca bag as her first weaving project.
Our generous donors are funding the first high school in the ethnic Hapu Q’ero region of Peru. Children will no longer have to leave their families to attend secondary school. This new high school at 12,000 feet elevation in the Andes will bring relief to many families struggling to help their children get a basic education.