Students have begun to develop and awareness and appreciation for a number of the diverse cultural groups that currently inhabit Peru, as well as the civilizations of its past. Included in this study is an inquiry into the Nazca line geoglyphs.
Students first explored the figures themselves...What images do you see? Do you think these animals were important to these people? How were they made?
Next we moved on to the role of symbols in storytelling and how these images can tell us a story... Why were these figures made? What story do you think they tell us about the ancient Inca civilization?
Then we began to explore their cultural and historical importance...What could these lines have been used for when they were made over 2000 years ago? Why were these images declared a UNESCO world heritage site? Do the images continue to hold importance to modern Peruvians?
Students then connected this inquiry to Alberta's own Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and the cultural, spiritual, and historical significance of the rock art found there.
Nazca Line Damage
A few days after beginning to explore this important topic a tragedy struck the Nazca Lines when a truck driver ignored warning signage and drove into one of the areas, causing permanent damage to three of the geoglyphs.
Students were asked to watch the following news clip and examine a variety of news articles in Spanish to determine what happened.
Unfortunately, damage (both intentional and unintentional) is a common problem facing our world's historical sites. Students compared the recent events in Peru to other incidents of damage to historical sites around the world. Is part of history lost when a historical site or artifact is damaged/destroyed? Why is protecting these artifacts so important?
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