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Peru: Graduate Student Makes History by Writing and Defending Thesis in Quechua

HeadlineOct 29, 2019

In Peru, a graduate student has made history by becoming the first student to write and defend a doctoral thesis in the indigenous Quechua language. Roxana Quispe Collantes graduated from Lima’s San Marcos University, the oldest university in the Americas. She grew up speaking Quechua with her parents and grandparents and said the language is being resurrected in Peru.

Roxana Quispe Collantes: “Even before our memories, since the time of our ancestors, the Quechua language was present. Not only in technology, but in engineering, in cosmology, our ancestors and our language are very rich in knowledge, in wisdom. It is being rescued and revitalized.”

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