Collection: Quitus-Kichua (Quechua)

    Quechua, South American Indians live in the Andean highlands from Ecuador to Bolivia. They speak many regional varieties of Quechua, which was the language of the Inca empire (though it predates the Inca).

    The Quechua have formed an important part of the agricultural backbone of Andean civilization since the early 15th century.

    Their religion is an amalgam of Roman Catholicism and native folk beliefs. They practice their traditional fiber handicrafts, spinning wool and weaving fabrics for both domestic use and sale to outsiders. Because of the lack of distinct anthropological identity between Quechua speakers and those of Quechua heritage, population estimates in the early 21st century range between 13 million and 16 million.