Escuela Rebelde Saturnino Huillca have been working on the dissemination and revaluation of their ancestral culture, through the articulation and visibility of the different communities and their daily struggles against extraactivism and other processes that endanger their cultural survival. Using art as their main tool, the school has multidisciplinary artists and workshops, from urban branches such as hip-hop and from ancestral branches such as dance and sikuris – traditional wind instrument players from the Andes which were at one point forbidden from playing.
The Tupac Amaru Festival, now in its fourth edition, is an effort to reassess the most important pre-Columbian political figure of all time, so that through his mysticism the population may seek a path to a more dignified life.
This year the goal is to delve into the ancestral knowledge of the community’s grandparents. Having as a starting point the huacas, places where the project activities will be carried out, especially the runasimi (Quechua) workshops. Additional workshops will be hosted for participants to learn about creating adobe structures and weaving on looms that are a living part of the ancestral culture.
The main objective will be to bring the practices of sumaq kawsay (a Quechua term for “good living”) and the recognition of their ancestral identity to young hip-hop dancers who live in the urban centers where cultural hegemony and alienation is stronger.
Young people as heirs will revitalize the worldview. Within the communities these practices will be strengthened with murals so that the presence is permanent, likewise committing the residents and neighborhood groups to take care of their murals that represent their culture, history and nation.