QUEST FOR PAITITI FIELD JOURNAL :::
ENTRY ONE (June 6, 2004) "IN PERU"
is in that critical "in Peru" stage where the future
success and safety of the project depends on what we do and
decide now. There are logistical questions to be answered:
What about the helicopter? How long will the drive over rough
jungle roads astride the Rio Alto Urubamba take in bringing
us to meet up with the helicopter? Do we have enough expedition
members to handle the increased load we have because of the
filmmakers equipment? Can horses be arranged for part of the
return, to carry some of the load over the last mountain ranges,
with their interminable ascents, descents, and more ascents,
during that part of the expedition when we're likely to be
the most worn out? What is the best point at the very end
of the most remote dirt road that approaches the frontier
that is accessible to wheeled vehicle, where we should arrange
for a vehicle to meet us when we emerge from the wilderness?
Etcetera and etcetera...
about which we have no questions is that of the ability of
the expedition members. Paulino Mamani, one of the only three
Peruvian "International Fellows" of The Explorers
Club in New York, has been a major part of our "Paititi"
expeditions over the past 20 years, and is a master of all
things related to exploration, survival, and Incan history
and lifeways. And Goyo Toledo has emerged from the high-altitude
jungles of Mameria, where he has lived as a Machiguenga--the
forest-dwelling Indians who are masters of their domain--since
1980, to accompany us again. His mastery of the Machiguenga
language and lifeways will help greatly in establishing the
rapport with native peoples that is essential to any endeavor
that hopes to find answers to questions in the unknown and
little-known areas beyond the Andes...
~ Greg Deyermenjian