The community near the site of Chotuna is one in need, living without electricity, a sewer system, or even clean water. Part of the community’s rich cultural heritage includes a group of local artisans who specialize in weaving native cotton textiles, a tradition passed on from civilizations long past. Despite their poverty, the community longs to help protect their precious cultural heritage site.
The archaeological site of Chotuna, Peru, is a stunning 235-acre monumental temple complex where several royal tombs have been discovered, one of which contained the skeletons of 33 women (see feature by National Geographic here), and one, just discovered earlier this year, which contained four corpses that was likely built by an ancient water cult and meant to be flooded (see National Geographic article here). Without sustainable preservation, this site will cease to exist as a resource that inspires and teaches future generations.
Our project partners with Chotuna’s head of excavations, Carlos Wester La Torre, and invests in the local cotton textile artisans, constructing a facility for artisan training and production as well as a small picnic and sales area for their work near the archaeological site. The project will also build a store and showroom for these handicrafts in the nearby city of Lambayeque, as well as promotional materials for the site.
By creating jobs and generating sustainable income for the impoverished communities living around the site, our project gives the local community an economic incentive to preserve its cultural heritage.
We will soon be launching crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our project at indiegogo.com! Due to the generosity of one of our donors, any donation you make will be matched, doubling your contribution to the project. Please help us save the site of Chotuna-Chornancap and empower a local community at the same time: Donate to our project!
Stay tuned for results from our crowdfunding campaign and, once underway, the project itself!