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The Andean Calendar Journey - 2017
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Words of Andean Wisdom

March         Marzo         Paukar Waray Killa

Pukllay - time of fertility and abundance.

The fields are full of flowers. The exuberance of cultivated gardens in this time of rain has transformed the landscape into a marvelous spectacle of color -- as a gigantic tapestry with geometric designs. Fertility is in its full expression. All beings are celebrating this time. The pasñas, maidens and maqtas, gallants, will show off their best dress. The adornment takes central importance so to attract their lovers who will value the exquisiteness of the textiles as proof of the appreciation of beauty in life. It is time to publicly introduce our partner -- dancing, singing bind everything together in bloom, in the midst of the rains, and with that we help the telluric force in its important mission of life. 

To the rhythm of flutes and high-pitched women’s voices surrounded in jokes, youth start with freedom to learn about and understand union, and the importance of loyalty and respect, foundational values to consolidate any communion. All of this always takes place in a spontaneous atmosphere, free from any moralistic pressure, as it is in nature, wild and joyful. It is there where the encounter between youth happens. “Pukllay”: the game. This life is only a game, and we need to know how to play it with passion, intensity and always ready for surprises and love.

Our Song of the Month:

IN THE PLACE OF THE WATERFALL 

Let’s go my dear brother, let’s dance!
Let’s go my hummingbird, let’s dance!
In the plain where the waterfall is
In the plain where the waterfall is.
Let’s go my dear sister, let’s dance!
Let’s go my little flower, let’s dance!
In the plain where the waterfall is
In the plain where the waterfall is.
Dancing in Phaqchapata,
In my blanket, I will carry you,
I will take you to my town.
Dancing in Phaqchapata,
In my poncho, I will carry you,
I will take you to my town.

 

* Song written by Carlos Franco Salas and Tita Monteagudo Zevallos

*Artwork by Hugo Franco Salas


Encouragement of the Month:

What a beautiful time of the year it is in South and the North.  Be present and enjoy the flourishing season around you!  Smell the flowers, the rain, the earth.  Find joy in the simple, wonderful gifts of Pachamama (Mother Cosmos).  Be amazed at this incredible moment we are all part of - breathing, living, being.  All living beings have a purpose.  All living being have meaning.  We are all interconnected.  Live your purpose with respect, reciprocity and love.
 
March       Marzo       Paukar Waray Killa
The Month of Rain and Fertility
 
Kusi Kawsay community celebrated Pukllay in March.  We sang and danced from dust until dawn, shared meals and Chica (fermented and non-fermented corn beverage) giving thanks to this season of rain, fertility and abundance.  The Kusi Kawsay School began on March 13th.  We enter this new year fully committed and dedicated to children and youth with lots of purpose and meaning.  They inspire us each day.
In next month's of Words of Andean Wisdom, we look forward to sharing stories of our beautiful Allpamama (Mother Earth) with you.
 
Kusi Kawsay is committed to sustaining Andean tradition and culture through education, agriculture and celebration of the Andean Calendar.  

Join us on our journey of good living, reciprocity and creating healthy, strong and empowered communities.
 
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