My name is John Pescoran and was born in Lima, Perú. I've been in the process of downloading (learning) as much Ruasimi: Quechua into my mind, heart and soul.
I've launched Project Quechua in order to preserve and show my appreciation, admiration, and spread the beautiful language that is, Runasimi: Quechua. Right now, I am in the process of creating a book, art and other Quechua related works. I'm hoping to release these creations sometime this year. Confluence, my thirst for knowledge, adoration for indigenous life, arts, beliefs, spirituality and so much more, has been a major drive in my influence to launch Project Quechua. *Further information on Project Quechua can be found here: 1 Quechua • Runasimi 2 Kachina Doll: CHASING STAR • Nanga Sohu 3 Runasimi • Language of the People
“When we lose our language, we lose our. Who we are is our language.
Indigenous languages of the world really are living languages, they come from an oral tradition. We develop the brain so that we can remember everything about natural law, the natural universe, and everything within, and also, how to live. And it’s all in our languages.”
The three main languages in Perú are Spanish, Quechua (Runasimi) and Aymara. Perú is home to an abundance of indigenous languages. For someone who loves overloading on (useful) information, and thrives on always learning something new, knowing that Perú is home to a plethora of indigenous languages fills me with so much joy.
These days, I've been learning a lot of words and phrase in Quechua. It's taken me roughly one full week to learn about 10-15 words and phrases. Once I reach the one week point, all the Quechua I was leaning just comes to me naturally. Today would be the one week mark, and without having to force myself, I'm going to reload and learn a whole new set of words and phrases. I've learned to just let my subconscious and my thirst for knowledge lead the way.
You see, in Perú, we use a lot of words or phrases in Quechua in our daily life when we speak Spanish. So, learning Quechua has been a super-enjoyable, satisfying and wondrous experience.
Once I've fully downloaded as much Quechua into my heart, soul and mind, I will proceed to learn as much Aymara as I can.
*I don't find it odd at all, but outrageously natural that I can randomly enjoy and savor the taste of a Cherry or Vanilla Coke, and can pretty much have Beef Jerky for breakfast, lunch and diner. Both, Coca and Jerky, originally come from the Quechua words: Cuca(Coca-Cola used coca leaf extract in its products from 1885 and until about 1903) and Ch'arki(a Quechua word from dried alpaca or llama meat).
Above are two very awesome Perúvian Ocarina's
Working on downloading too much Quechua, new art and more new art. I'm working on something that I would really love to share with you... but It'll have to wait until the time is just right.
I'm currently reading two amazingly important and heartbreaking books: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brownand The Last of the Incas: The Rise and Fall of an American Empire by Edward Hyams and George Ordish.
Lately, I've been immersing myself in learning evenmore words and phrases in Quechua - Runa Simi (I'm Peruvian-born in Lima, Peru). Loading up on all this knowledge has had an extraordinary effect on me wanting to delve further into honing in on my spiritual side, and with a thirst to learn more about Incas, Andes art and so much more! Learning about customs, rituals, and other traditions of indigenous people of the Americas (North & South America) has been an immensely wonderful experience: I’ve been reading too much and immersing myself in all that is spiritual and supernatural.
Since I was very young, and up until this very day, I've always been super-spiritual. I'm beyond convinced that I’ve been following a spiritual path. You see, unlike my brothers, I've never been Baptized and never attended Catholic school. Even with the absence of these "rites of passage", I've never felt as if I missed out on something remotely great, but rather, I've avoided being forced into something that I have a natural and strong aversion towards. Something deep inside (My Spirit & Subconscious) tells me perhaps these circumstances weren't just a coincidence or accidental, but something truly extraordinary in the making?
Once I reached my mid to late twenties, I totally immersed myself in spending countless nights with friends, overindulgence of alcohol, and battling and enjoying narcolepsy. With all those ingredients mixed together, I was able to experience astral projection and one too many episodes of sleep paralysis. The ability of being wide awake when you should be asleep is such an amazingly fun experience (well, maybe I can do without the loud, buzzing, white noise that sometimes comes from experiencing sleep paralysis). Sleep paralysis sets in, your eyes are open, you know you should be sleeping soundly: your mind is set on sleep mode, but you are well aware that anything and everything is possible in this state of mind. That's just one example of my journey in dreamAWAKE land, I've had many different experiences while---I'm gonna quote the late, great Hunter S. Thompson (Raoul Duke)---"riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave" that is Sleep Paralysis. A day before a very unfortunate event, a spirit visited me in a dream warning me of my cousins impending demise. As I awakened from the dream, the spirit, a very bright light, was at my bedside, and to this very day, I am not sure if it said: "Don't!" or "Stop!" Through out-of-body experience, I managed to aid a very sick person awaken from either a drug induced coma or severe illness. Earlier this year, I managed to help a woman by the name of "Clara", with whom I had a telepathic connection with. Together, with our "mind meld", we where able to get rid of a wicked entity that was haunting her. As we parted ways, I distinctly remember telling her: "Peace Be With You, Clara." I'm proud to say I no longer drink excessively in order to have fun, or feel the need to drink gallons of booze to create art, and I'm no longer experiencing narcolepsy anymore. It appears that word has been going around in the Spirit World that I'm the guy to go to in times of trouble. Usually, friends, family and even casual acquiescence always come to me for help, advice or just feel the need to share random but sensitive information with me.
With all that was said and done, I am immensely eager awaiting the arrival of my Kachina doll: Chasing Star! The beauty that these dolls are brimming with is awesomely overwhelming. By the end of the year, I'm going to have a very healthy collection of Kachina dolls (I already have two more on their way!). Within the span of two weeks, I have learned so many words and phrases in Quechua. I cannot begin to describe to you how extraordinary and satisfying it feels to load my mind, heart and soul with Quechua! Right now, one of my favorite words is ALLIN P'UNCHAY KACHUN! which means, "Have a nice day," and KHALI KAQ KACHUN! PROSIT! which means, "Cheers! Good health!"
Kachina - Chasing Star (Thompson)
Kachina - Chasing Star (Thompson)
Kachina - Chasing Star (Thompson)
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I thought I'd share with you some Peruvian Inca art adorning my art studio:
Always Inspiring and Motivating me to stay Focused + Create Art.