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@natgeo: Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller | In the frigid hours before dawn, men from the indigenous Quechua community gather below a series of disappearing glaciers. Like countless generations before them, they make an annual pilgrimage high into the Peruvian Andes to honor the Lord of Qoyllur Riti, a religious figure whose presence is believed to reside in the glaciers. By firelight, the group discussed the ongoing threats to the glaciers, possible solutions to slow their deterioration, and ways to protect the broader sanctuary area from further degradation. The ongoing disappearance of the glaciers cuts deeply into the emotional worlds of believers. I attended Qoyllur Riti as part of my National Geographic Fellowship work on the emotional experiences that accompany environmental transformation. I am thrilled to share this work for the first time this week at the #NatGeoFest in Washington, DC.

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nebojsa.utvic8 days ago

South American indigenous culture is so amazing, specially in 🇧🇷

libraszki8 days ago

This is an amazing photo but, the caption made it even more incredible! Glaciers seem to be far away, but the results of their melting will be seen everywhere... ❄️❄️❄️💙💙💙

d_martin878 days ago

I took part in the Qolluyr’iti pilgrimage in 2015 and it was a fascinating experience. The glacier showed clear signs of recession at that time, and it makes me very sad to know the issue persists. My ❤️ goes out to the Quechua.

melissacamargo8 days ago

Ya era hora que natgeo ponga sus lentes en la hermosa cultura quechua y falta la aymara. Miles de años de conocimientos y rituales que hasta el día de hoy persisten a pesar de la "globalizacion"

Dodbrp je sjajno

iamvale_vale8 days ago

Incredible

gumsurfer338 days ago

Warning signs yes. Not seen in their lifetime, the records don't paint good picture of past event.

cypresshill8 days ago

Amazing

iam___abz8 days ago

😍

Hope to be able to participate of this pilgrimage at least once, must be amazing the literally go back in time to pre hispanic times here by taking part of the ceremony.

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Indigenous... Great

😍🎼🎼🎼🎼🎼👌

k.c.sun.688 days ago

Woooowwww!!!

yw_a8 days ago

عاشقهه مرت 🌹😻💕

Great one

kundu.727 days ago

Outstanding picture❤

arp337 days ago

Thank you American friends for contributing more co2 emissions! We are all very happy!

redcalibri8 days ago

Such wonderful event to be recorded ❤️

❤️❤️😍😍

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