National Geographic : 1973 Dec
Living Inca ways caughtinthe amber of tradition CUSTODIAN of ancient custom, Peru vian Indian Mariano Quispe (left) tallies flock and crops on his quipu. Man and wife (below) use an Inca style chaqui taclla, or foot plow, to till their patch of soil northeast of Lake Titicaca. Driving the slender spade into the ground, the farmer levers a clod loose by heaving back on the curved handle. His wife turns the clod as he steps back to thrust the blade into the sod again. By royal edict all land once belonged to the Inca. The principal share of the har vest was burned as an offering to the gods, another share went to the govern ment, and farmers kept only enough for their own needs.