Andes shadows follow me, no Quechua.

andesCarmen Mendoza Tintaya,
Arlington, VA.

My parents are from a remote village in Arequipa Peru, where only until 2006 accessible roads were built. Now with both my parents gone, I find myself looking for my identity and looking towards that little village. I haven’t made the trip yet.
I moved to the US when I was young with no appreciation for my heritage. I wish I could have asked my parents to teach me Quechua — their first language — now I feel that I don’t have a past. I need to find my history.


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