The Peoples of the World Foundation

Education for and about Indigenous Peoples

Our third feature-length documentary project, Peoples of the World: The Andes is currently in pre-production research and location scouting. Production will begin when funding is secured. It will be filmed in Ultra High Definition and researched, written and directed by our President, Dr. Ray Waddington.

We are seeking collaborators for this project:

Please contact us if you are interested in working with us on this documentary project.

Although no final decisions have yet been made, locations will probably include the following.



Cafayate is both a center of tourism and the center of an important wine-producing region.
The Quebrada de Humahuaca region of northern Argentina invites the question: "What does it mean to be indigenous?"
Pucará de Tilcara
Partially reconstructed to promote tourism, the Pucará de Tilcara was a pre-Inca settlement in northern Argentina that was re-discovered a hundred years ago.
Pan flutes
Pan flutes are common in traditional Andean music. This street performer in northern Argentina was playing pan flutes and a guitar at the same time.


At 4,100 meters above sea level, Potosí is one of the highest cities in the world and one of the oldest mining communities in the world. The silver in the surrounding mountains helped fund Spanish colonialism.
Many indigenous Aymara women in Bolivia dress in a very distinctive style. They have had the lowest social status for centuries. But today, cholitas, as they are affectionately known, are leading a revolution in changing social attitudes.
Working child
In economically poor contries like Bolivia it is common to see children working instead of going to school.


Quichua girl
In a small, remote, high-Andean Quichua community in Ecuador there has been little inter-marriage with non-Quichua peoples.
Mamá Negra
Fiesta de la Mamá Negra is a festival held in late September in the Ecuadorian, Andean city of Latacunga. It combines elements of Roman Catholicism with the Animistic heritage of the Quichua.
Quichua festival
Many Quichua communities in the Ecuadorian Andes stage local, indigenous celebrations that few outsiders ever get to see.

Peru (photogrpahy by Teodora Hasegan)

Sacred Valley
A descendant of the Inca weaves a carpet using a manual loom in the Sacred Valley. In Andean villages children learn to weave at six or seven years old.
Taquile Island
A traditional dancing performance centered around agricultural rites is performed during the planting season by the natives of Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca.
Cordillera Vilcanota
A local market sells souvenirs to tourists at Chimboya Pass in the Cordillera Vilcanota at 5,500 meters above sea level.


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