Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pacha Mancha...

means dirt oven in Quechua and is traditional for the harvest celebration that happens on May 1. So, this blog is way late, but I couldn't not share this with you. We were invited to celebrate with artisan group Tupac Yupanki at their home in the countryside community of Tacsana, outside of Yaoli about 20km from Huancavelica--truly the middle of nowhere.

We got there and the oven was well underway cooking. And when they uncovered it, we saw the feast we would need to eat. It started with alpaca meat on top, then habas (kinda like lima beans), followed by sweet tamales, and then potatoes, sweet potatoes, sugary potatoes, and another kind of potato. We ate and ate until we were stuffed, and then we were offered more food.

It was an amazing day and we were welcomed as family.

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