FOR PAITITI Team
group moved forward in their 20th Anniversary year as part
of the Asociacion Cultural Exploraciones Antisuyu (ACEA),
officially inscribed within Peru. Explorer, Greg Deyermenjian
is president of the ACEA to which all the expeditionaries
involved in this project belong.
is a native Bostonian and a Fellow of The Explorers Club.
Greg is also Chairman of the club's New England Chapter. Deemed
The Explorers Club's foremost authority on the archaeology
and exploration of the high jungle areas of southeast Peru,
Greg has written many articles and presented to audiences
of The Explorers Club, The Institute of Andean Studies, the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American Rock Art
Research Association, and other settings within the USA and
Peru. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
When not in the mountains of Peru, Greg works as a psychologist
for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation.
Explorer, Paulino Mamani is native to the highlands and
subtropical valleys of the Province of Calca. He is a member
of the ACEA and a Fellow International of The Explorers Club.
Paulino has been with the Paititi exploration project since
its inception in 1984. He is considered among the foremost
of Peru's explorers of the southeast region.
Guide, Goyo Toledo belongs to the Machiguenga tribe and
has been serving as a key guide to Greg and his exploration
crew since 1984..
member, Alberto Mamani is a cousin of Paulino's and served
as a guide.
member, Monica Silva de Deyermenjian is Secretary of the
ACEA and joined the expedition group for the first time this
year. She is native to Peru and assisted the crew during the
first portion of the journey.
Garrett Strang is an award-winning documentary filmmaker
whose work has been recognized by his peers with the New York's
International Film Festival Award; CINDY Award; Telly Award;
Videographer Award of Excellence:The Jade Award of Excellence;
Columbia International Film & Video Festival Award; Chris
Award; among others. For more than 15 years, Garrett has owned
Image Studios, Inc. (ISI), a production house in Bethesda,
Maryland. Under his direction, Image Studios has produced
a variety of compelling stories from an hour long docu-drama
on AIDS to a ten part series on cutting edge advances in scientific
research for international release. In addition, ISI has created
PSAs and spots for broadcast on Fox, ABC, CBS and cable affiliates
in the U.S. and abroad. Crews have filmed on location in all
parts of the world to include Africa; the Philippines; Pakistan,
Southeast Asia, throughout Europe, Central America, South
America, Canada and the U.S. www.imagestudiosproductions.com
has traveled extensively to South America as a director and
to document one of his personal interests- the surviving cultures
of its indigenous peoples. He captured a variety of traditional
medicine practices during several visits to include the Qetchua
Indians in Ecuador; the remotely located Guarani in Bolivia
and the Ayumara Indians surviving above LaPaz in the El Alto
region; and he filmed the culture of the people in the Altiplano.
Erin Harvey is well recognized for his cinematography
work with National Geographic, to include Explorer, Ultimate
Explorer and Channel-Asia, as well as PBS. Erin has established
himself as a documentary filmmaker with a unique and creative
vision. He shot two award-winning PBS documentaries, Harold
Hitchcock: Life in Light and Ramadhan in Indonesia,
each won the coveted Golden Cine Eagle Award. As Producer
/ Cinematographer / Editor for National Geographic Explorer,
Erin took his work from start to finish filming the fireboats
of Venice in Venice Burning; chasing cheetahs in Botswana
and Namibia in Cheetah Chase; and filming tigers from
the back of an elephant in India in Tiger's Eye. As
a Cinematographer whose at home scouring jungles and islands
in Belize (Snake Wranglers - Boa Episode) to following
snakes or trekking deep into Bolivia's Madidii rain forest
(Maididi), Erin was a welcome addition to the Quest
for Paititi crew.
partner, Jean-Christophe Vanderhaegen is an attorney from
Belgium who is co-founder there of the "Centro Europeo
de Informacion y Promocion para America Latina" (CEIPAL).
Mr. Vanderhaegen is a long-time student of Incan and Andean
history and was instrumental in the acquisition of and analysis
of satellite photography of the exploration zones. He is a
member of the ACEA.
Advisor, Professor Daniel Gade is Professor Emeritus of
Geography at the University of Vermont with a formidable writing
history on the cultural, historical geography, and ecology
of the Andes. Author of Man and Culture in the Andes, Professor
Gade integrates the imagination of an expert geographer with
the research skills of a natural and cultural historian. He
is also a member of the ACEA.More
about Daniel Gade... And
Neuenschwander, son of Peru's foremost Andean explorer,
the now deceased Dr. Carlos Neuenschwander of Arequipa. Fernando
joined the exploration team on a couple of its journeys and
continues to be a vital part of the project's mission. He
is also a member of the ACEA.