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Kim MacQuarrie

Kim MacQuarrie is a writer, a four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist. He was educated in France, the U.S. and Peru. MacQuarrie is the author of four books on Peru and lived in that country for five years. During that time, MacQuarrie lived with a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians, called the Yora. It was MacQuarrie's experience filming a nearby group of indigenous people, whose ancestors still remembered their contacts with the Inca Empire, that ultimately led him to investigate and then to write his latest book, The Last Days of the Incas. Currently FX Channel is developing the book as a 13-part scripted television series. MacQuarrie is presently finishing a book about a 4,500-mile journey, from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, along the spine of the Andes. It will be published in 2014.

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Atahualpa: The Inca Lord Who Lost an Empire

Posted on September 21st, 2014

   Atahualpa: Emperor of the Incas Note: Atahualpa, lord of the Incas, was captured in Nov of 1532 by 168 Spaniards. Atahualpa was captured in the Inca town of Cajamarca, in what is now northern Peru. The following is an extract from The Last Days of the Incas: “Most Inca accounts state that after [Atahualpa’s […]

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Pachacutec: Incan Emperor Who Created Machu Picchu

Posted on September 11th, 2014

  Pachacutec: The Incan Emperor Who Built Machu Picchu By Kim MacQuarrie (Excerpt from the book, Machu Picchu: Song of Stone) According to Inca oral history, in the early part of the 15th century an Inca king arose who would not only revolutionize the entire Andean world but who would also create some of the […]

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Gastón Acurio: Peru’s Celebrity Chef

Posted on August 2nd, 2014

July 23, 2014 The Washington Post In the kitchens and cafes of the food-crazed Peruvian capital, history is divided into two epochs: Before Gastón Acurio and After Gastón Acurio. The BG era was a time of darkness, confusion and ketchup. Then Gastón Acurio opened his first restaurant in 1994, and began remaking gritty Lima into […]

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Peru President Petitioned to Protect Uncontacted Tribe

Posted on July 15th, 2014

  (Above: Photo of an uncontacted tribe near Peru-Brazil border in 2010; photo credit: Survival International) Ahead of the visit of Peru’s President Ollanta Humala to Germany for a climate conference this week, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has written to the President urging him to protect the lands of highly […]

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