My Week as an Inca

by Dwight Newton

In the summer of 1989 I attended  a week-long workshop at the Omega Institute outside Rhinebeck, New York, learning Andean music and dance. The workshop was led by Sukay, a band from Bolivia. The band, led by American (Ms.) Quentin Howard, consisted of four musicians playing guitars, charangos, zamponas, quenas, and a large horsehide drum. Most of the indigenous instruments were made by the group and they had a number of them for sale, though we were allowed to borrow whatever we wanted to try for the duration of the class. 

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