Carrera del chasqui

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The Carrera del chasqui is an athletic event designed to bring together more than 250 remote mountain settlements in Peru. The name refers to Incan messengers who would run between the tribes to convey messages during the height of the Incan Empire. Unlike most of the art pieces on this tour, this event was actually supported by the militarist government. This was due in part to the event itself not being wildly radical. Instead, it was the reference to a native civilization which colonialism had wiped off the map that was radical. The event consisted of not only an exceptionally long relay race spanning between settlements, but also was accompanied by cultural events in the villages that connected the race.