By David Knowlton
The Incas not only are an important part of Cuzco’s history, they are a basis of its economy and their memory can explode in controversy, even today.
Such is the case of the golden statue of a fiberglass Inca pointing outwards that Cuzco’s mayor Luís Flores García recently had placed on top of Cuzco’s classic, republican-style, fountain in its main square, replete with representations of swans. This act of officially honoring the Incas led to a conflict with the national Ministry of Culture and its minister, the prominent anthropologist Juan Ossio and with many people in Cuzco. Read the rest of this entry