Washington D.C. Premiere


AUSANGATE (USA, 2006, 61 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere The Quechua people of southeastern Peru live above the tree line at over 14,000 feet in a stark, almost brutal environment of rocks, bare fields and mountains. To the locals, the landscape has great significance: the lakes and mountains and even the rocks are holy. The people maintain a deep integrity through their interconnectedness with natural forces and their ritual relationship to the sacred peak, Ausangate. During an annual pilgrimage up the mountain, a select group ascends to the mountain’s glacier to collect sacred ice. Based on 20 years of anthropological research, the film documents the richness of the Quechua people’s culture as shown in their colorful textile designs and religious rituals. Their spirituality infuses the community and influences the way people treat each other and how they respond to their impoverished conditions. Their textiles are encoded with symbolic images that reinforce ancestral beliefs. Beautifully shot with excellent narration, the film provides a glimpse into a community imbued with tenacity and cheerfulness in the midst of a forbidding landscape. Directed by Andrea Heckman and Tad Fettig.

Introduced by Cecilia Anderson, Assistant Curator for Special Projects, The Textile Museum.

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The Textile Museum, 2320 S St., NW

(METRO: Dupont Circle, Q St. Exit)

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