Description of Figure/Doll

Handcrafted mother doll with traditional woven dress from Peru. She has an embroidered face and long black braided hair made of yarn. She is wearing a crocheted hat and is holding a baby in her arms. She has another baby strapped to her back. Both babies have embroidered faces and knitted blankets. The Peruvian woman has leather sandals on her feet. The doll is designed to depict the culture of Peru,

Peru

Location: South America

Capital: Lima

Main language: Spanish, Quechua

Currency: Nuevo Sol

Figure/Doll

Construction: wool, yarn, cloth

Height in Centimeters: 30

Height in Inches: 12

Machu Picchu: Lost City of the Incas, High in the Peruvian Mountains

Reading Level: 5.70

My name is Lina and I live in Peru (South America). My parents raise llamas in the Andes mountains. Llamas are related to camels. They can carry heavy loads on their backs. We use the llama wool to make blankets and coats. Sometimes, we even drink llama milk.

Our home is not far from Machu Picchu, which is a famous tourist attraction. Machu Picchu is often referred to as the “lost city of the Incas.” That’s because the Inca Indians built the city about 500 years ago. Without wheels or carts, they took huge blocks of stone to the top of the mountain. Then they built temples and other buildings without using any mortar. The Inca culture was strong for many years.

Then, warriors from Spain came and killed most of the Inca people. They took the Inca’s gold and silver and destroyed the Inca Empire in Peru. However, the Spaniards did not know about Machu Picchu high in the mountains. This mighty Inca city was left alone until 1911 when it was discovered by an archeologist.

My family is very poor, but sometimes I can make extra money. If the weather is good, I take a llama up to Machu Picchu. Then, tourists take my picture and pay me money. Maybe some day I’ll be famous too!


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