Surveying the interstices or art and medicine, death and culture since 2007
"The Gift of El Tio" by Karen Gans and Larry Buchanan When a world-renowned geologist discovers an enormous deposit of silver beneath a remote Quechua village in Bolivia, he unknowingly fulfills a 450-year-old prophecy that promised a life of wealth for the villagers. It also predicted alienation, despair, and eventually cannibalism. The discovery leads to the destruction of the village, and sends the geologist and his wife on an emotionally charged 10-year journey into the Quechua community.
When visiting the mines of Cerro Rico in Potosi one of our first acts was to visit El Tio the devil-like spirit who presides over this underground world a world which miners believe has been abandoned by Pachamama and God. Formed from mud and earth this almost life-size statue of a horned man is believed to bring luck and successful mining so miners must pay their respects in the form of coca leaves alcohol or tobacco left at the statues feet.