Despite the rapid rate at which native languages are being lost in Peru and worldwide, the Peruvian government is taking steps to improve the preservation of its ethnic diversity and the languages that come with it.
The Peruvian Ministry of Culture published the first stage of data to be included in the newly launched Official Database of Indigenous or Native Peoples, reports Andina news agency.
This database records the history and culture of Quechua and native peoples that have been long forgotten in Peru. Quechua-speaking communities make up the majority with chopccas, chankas, huancas, kanas, q’eros, and cañaris totaling the largest population in Peru.
“Quechua people has [sic] developed a complex and technologically advanced culture, and ancestors were characterized by their ability to adapt to geographical and climate conditions of the Andes. Nowadays, these people live mainly in the highlands of Peru and in neighboring countries such as Bolivia and Ecuador,” says Andina news agency.
This move by the Ministry to recognize these groups represents the beginning of documentation and recognition of the forgotten communities. The first publication will be available on July 17, according to Andina.
On May 27, Peru celebrated Native Language Day with festivities and celebrations promoting the diversity of native languages surviving in the country today.