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Episode of Desert Speaks

Ancient Peoples Of The High Desert

Season 13, Episode 3 of 13
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High in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes in the historic village of Santiago de K, life continues nearly the same as it has for centuries. An archeological site nearby reveals, through ancient ruins, just how little life has changed over the centuries. Here at over 12,600 feet above sea level, in the highest desert in the world, residents harvest the endemic potatoes and quinoa to use to barter for outside goods. Much of the native Quechua customs, music, and lifestyle have their roots in age-old traditions. There are some interesting, relatively modern influences such as the Carnaval celebration of the first potato crop of the season.

Previously Aired

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3/4/2013 10:30 p.m. Ready TV
3/5/2013 5:30 a.m. Ready TV
6/23/2014 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
6/23/2014 11 p.m. UA Channel
6/23/2014 11:30 p.m. World
6/24/2014 PBS HD
6/24/2014 6 a.m. UA Channel
11/7/2014 6:30 p.m. PBS HD
11/7/2014 11 p.m. UA Channel
11/7/2014 11:30 p.m. World
11/8/2014 PBS HD
11/10/2014 6 a.m. UA Channel

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