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July 5, 2022

Weaving the Inka Bridge at Q’eswachaka

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This movie was produced for the exhibition "The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire," which was on view at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., in 2018.

Every year, local communities on either side of the Apurimac River Canyon use traditional Inka engineering techniques to rebuild the Q'eswachaka Bridge.

The old bridge is taken down and the new bridge is built in only three days.

The bridge has been rebuilt in this same location continually since the time of the Inka.

This video is narrated by John Ochsendorf, professor of civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and produced by Noonday Films.

Want more?

Here's an 51-minute-long documentary on this bridge.

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In a remote place in Peru, in the southern Cusco region, around one thousand people from four communities come together each year to face an amazing challenge: the renewal of the Q'eswachaka Bridge.

The Q'eswachaka, made exclusively of vegetal fibers, is the last preserved suspension bridge in the Andes.

Despite the existence of a modern steel bridge nearby, residents of the local community gather every year to rebuild the Inca rope bridge according to the old traditions as a way to honor their ancestors and the Pachamama (Earth Mother).

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