EARLY ANDEAN SHAMANISM By: Carmen R. NY museums understands that this is vital information. According to Castillo Raynold Okulta publication, the Q'ero are the last Inca, this being a tribe close to the 600 people who took refuge beyond the 4000 meters high in the Peruvian Andes to escape the scourge of the Spanish colonizers. For five centuries this tribe Q'ero, lived virtually isolated from the rest of the world, preserving a sacred prophecy about a great change, or Pachacuti, which would travel around the world, harmony and order would be restored and come to an order to chaos and disorder. The chronicles indicate that they were "discovered" in 1949 by anthropologist Oscar Nunez del Prado in southern Peru. The first Western expedition to the villages of Q'ero was conducted in 1955 and in 1959 on the occasion of the annual festival of The Return of the Pleiades to be done in the Andes, thousands of people attended, including many shamans who watched in amazement as Q'ero, wearing the Incan emblem of the Sun headed for the summit Mountain to announce that the time of the prophecies was at hand. In November 1996 a small group of Q'eros, including the leader of the tribe and the head shaman, visited several U.S.
cities in fulfillment of their prophecies. In New York, was held a private ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The shamanic ritual had not been celebrated since 500 years in the same household of those who symbolized the ancient conquerors of their Incan ancestors.