Fwd: [lg policy] Peru's public TV airs first news programme in Quechua

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Mon Jun 25 11:17:27 EDT 2018


all:  I am re-forwarding this message because I was trying to find a recent
article in the NYTimes describing the use of Quechua
to give an account of a world cup match in Peru.  I couldn't find the
NYTimes article but this one precedes it and makes it
more salient.

HS
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From: Fierman, William <wfierman at indiana.edu>
Date: Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 2:29 PM
Subject: [lg policy] Peru's public TV airs first news programme in Quechua
To: "Fierman, William" <wfierman at indiana.edu>


Peru's public TV airs first news programme in Quechua

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38301253



Image caption The programme is presented in Quechua by Clodomiro Landeo and
Marisol Mena



Peru's public broadcaster, TV Peru, has begun broadcasting its first ever
news programme in Quechua, the ancient indigenous language spoken by some
eight million people in the Andes.



The hour-long programme, entitled Nuqanchik (We), airs on weekdays at 05:30
on radio and TV.



All journalists and producers working on the programme are native speakers.



Quechua was spoken by the indigenous people of Peru before the arrival of
the Spaniards in the 16th Century.



It was declared a national language alongside Spanish in the 1970s but
Peruvians say there is still a strong social stigma attached to speaking it.

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has backed the new programme and
sent its producers and presenters a message in Quechua: "Allinta munay,
allinta yachay, allinta ruway," (Wish well, learn well, do well.)



Mr Kuczynski, both of whose parents emigrated to Peru from Europe, said he
hoped the programme would help end discrimination.



Presenter Marisol Mena said it would contribute to creating an awareness
that Quechua was not a language of the poor or disadvantaged.



"There's resistance, but [Peruvians] have to understand that there are
business executives and university professors who speak Quechua as a mother
tongue," she told the Agence France Press news agency.



TV Peru said it was planning to launch similar programmes in other
indigenous languages.

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