Its Missions

Cirilo Echegaray, an inhabitant of the valley of Lacco, led our team up to the inca citadel of Monte Puncu, in the valley of Chunchusmayo. Cirilo Echegaray, an inhabitant of the valley of Lacco, led our team up to the inca citadel of Monte Puncu, in the valley of Chunchusmayo. (Photo: Thierry Jamin, July, 2010)

As his name indicates it, the missions of the Instituto Inka of Investigación and Revaloración Indígena - Cusco (Instituto Inkari - Cusco) are to promote, to impulse and to realize programs of scientific research with archaeological and\or anthropological character on the Peruvian national territory. His main axis of search is the study of the permanent presence of civilizations inca and pre inca in Amazonian forest and the search of their main center of occupation and expansion. The hypothesis of the existence of a major Amazonian archaeological center, as that of the legendary lost city of Paititi, constitutes one of the main directions of the searches of Thierry Jamin and his group since 1998. The results of the last campaigns of exploration of the group Inkari go to this direction.

Being made, the Inkari institute also settled as objectives the protection of the prehispanic cultural, historic and archaeological heritage on the whole Peruvian territory by all the means.

From the left to the right: Thierry Jamin and Alain Bonnet bring a television and a DVD reader to the primary school of the community matsiguenga of Palotoa Teparo. From the left to the right: Thierry Jamin and Alain Bonnet bring a television and a DVD reader to the primary school of the community matsiguenga of Palotoa Teparo. (Photo : Thierry Jamin, March, 2007)

The Inkari institute advises, supports, makes sensitive and trains to the techniques of protection of the cultural heritage with the local populations of its zones of searches, the economic resources of which are very often very precarious.

Within the framework of its annual campaigns of investigations, the Inkari institute supports the local populations to improve their living conditions within the framework of projects with character cultural, economic and social : sanitary projects (constructions of health centers), educational (construction of schools), agricultural (organized by networks of distribution and of promotion of local agricultural productions, etc.), projects of economic and tourist development (assistant to the construction of tracks, elaboration, implementation and promotion of organised trips in mind of the united tourism, etc.), projects aiming at the protection and in the improvement of the natural environment, etc.

During a campaign of search in the restricted zone of the National Park of Manú, Goyo Toledo, Leader of the matsiguenga community of Mameria, offer to Thierry Jamin several ceramic and tumis, discovered in his chacra last years. These objects are today visible to the museum of Ministry of Culture to Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios. During a campaign of search in the restricted zone of the National Park of Manú, Goyo Toledo, Leader of the matsiguenga community of Mameria, offer to Thierry Jamin several ceramic and tumis, discovered in his chacra last years. These objects are today visible to the museum of Ministry of Culture to Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios. (Photo : Thierry Jamin, May, 2009)

Within the framework of these projects of searches, the Inkari institute operates exclusively in the statutory legal frames Peruvian, in coordination with institutions and official administrations : Ministry of Culture, Regional offices of Culture, Ministry of the Environment, National Service of the Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), regional governments, municipalities, peasant communities, etc.

The results of the archaeological investigations of the group Inkari are published after every campaign within the framework of a Final Report, with the Ministry of Culture and are the object of publications regulars in the specialist publications and every public at the level nation and international.

In these zones of exploration, the team of the Institute Inkari wants a dynamic element within the framework of an economic and social development for the benefit of the isolated populations, avid for access to a justifiable improvement of centers them life, in particular in health, educational, in ways of communication, access to the electricity and to the drinking water, etc.

For that purpose, the Inkari institute contributes to the organization and to the planning of economic and social projects by supporting actively the creation and the action of the other associations, the local committees and the small or the micro companies begun of municipal interest, within the framework of a production of economic activity susceptible to help in the development of these populations : implementation of organised trips premises, constructions of inns, constructions of restaurants, development of craft activities, etc.

In the educational sector, the Inkari institute supports the local communities with the provincial, regional and central institutions to help in the construction and in the management of rural schools, in the creation and the management of libraries of countryside, in the access to the computing, to the Internet and in multi-media.

In his base camp to Mameria, Thierry Jamin cleans fragments of ceramic discovered in archeological sites of the National Park of Manú. In his base camp to Mameria, Thierry Jamin cleans fragments of ceramic discovered in archeological sites of the National Park of Manú. (Photo : Thierry Jamin, May, 2009)

The Inkari institute also considers as a priority of its action plans the protection of the natural environment of the zones concerned by its investigations. It supports, with the local communities and the regional, central and quite typical institutions of action to protect the ecosystems. It supports and advises the local communities within the framework of projects of reforestation, municipal town and country planning within the framework of basic works of water distribution or disposal of waste water, electrification, transport or development of communications.

In their request, the Inkari institute brings its advice in legal, technical and/or financial material to the local communities within the framework of an intensification of the management public and deprived of their institutions : legal, technical and/or financial advice within the framework of economic and social projects, such as the construction of sanitary, educational, tourist infrastructures, etc.; legal, technical and/or financial advice within the framework of the creation of small or micro companies; legal, technical and/or financial advice within the framework of agricultural or industrial projects of development (mines, fishing, fair tourism, etc.), of technological innovations, etc.; legal, technical and/or financial advice within the framework of the marketing of local products in the regional, national level or in the export.

In their request, the Inkari institute gives its legal service to local communities and to their inhabitants for the defense of their rights : assistant to the access to the registers of properties buildings, access to the justice, to the health, to the information, to the defense of their right citizens, etc.

From the left to the right: the archaeologist supervisor of the Ministry of Culture, Domingo Farfán, and Thierry Jamin, during the visit of the site of Umapata. From the left to the right: the archaeologist supervisor of the Ministry of Culture, Domingo Farfán, and Thierry Jamin, during the visit of the site of Umapata. (Photo : Thierry Jamin, October, 2011)

The Inkari institute defends the rights of the native populations and the first peoples. It subscribes categorically to the measures established by the United Nations protecting the rights and the liberties of the native populations.

Its actions of support come true in a frame of total equity, of justice and political and ideological independence. Its principles of actions are the transparency and the respect absolved from the professional étique, the only conditions to guarantee the efficiency of the actions begun on the ground.

To operate its missions of search and its social and cultural projects, the Inkari institute uses all the legal means considered as necessities. It seeks supports it economic and technical of the Peruvian national institutions, but also that of any international institution avid to support its action. Private companies and Peruvian and international associations, as well as the private individuals, can also contribute actively to the functioning the Inkari institute.