The introduction analyzes the activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (CVR), its public fact-gathering tribunals, 2003 final report, and sponsored photography exhibition (Yuyanapaq: Para recordar). Both the thorough final report and internationally acclaimed Yuyanapaq exhibit contain many images of indigenous and mestizo peasants and victims, but ambivalent references to ethnicity, indigeneity, the Quechua language, or Andean values and cultures. Furthermore, there was insufficient effort to involve Andean victims in the process of creating the CVR, determining its focus and procedures, processing the information gathered, or proposing future directions (none of the commissioners were indigenous, and only one spoke Quechua). In the end, the indigenous and mestizo victims are objects of examination rather than empowered actors in the reconciliation efforts. This introductory chapter suggests that creative cultural products may fill in the gaps created by official narratives, challenge the role of Andean cultures in dominant views of the nations, and suggest alternative directions for transitional justice efforts.
Keywords: Truth and Reconciliation Commission-Peru, Comisión de la Verdad y Reconciliación-Perú, CVR, Yuyanapaq, transitional justice, Final Report, Informe Final, Hatun Willakuy, symbolic reparations, ethnicity
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