Strengthening and promotion of the intergenerational transmission of knowledge and meanings related to the production of traditional pottery in Checca Pupuja, Puno

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 99,275 granted in 2023
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/09/2023 - 28/02/2025
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Benefitting country(ies): Peru


Implemented by the UNESCO Office in Lima in cooperation with the Intangible Heritage Directorate of the Ministry of Culture of Peru, this eighteen-month project aims to promote the intergenerational transmission of the knowledge and techniques related to traditional Checca Pupuja pottery. One of the main aspects related to the importance of this pottery is that it fulfils three main functions: utilitarian, decorative and ceremonial. The associated practices of the Checca Pupuja pottery are disappearing. The project involves carrying out a study to update the meanings associated with the pottery production process. It also entails recognizing masters and apprentices and analyzing their production capacities. Moreover, it will identify opportunities to strengthen the production processes and support local and regional economic exchange. Three paid pottery masters will facilitate a workshop to increase the capacities of youth to safeguard and produce traditional pottery. The workshop will include a combination of theoretical and practical modules addressing the history, meanings and values of traditional pottery and its production and commercialization. The project also entails publishing and disseminating educational materials to promote traditional Checca Pupuja pottery in family and community spaces. The project is expected to contribute to the safeguarding of traditional pottery production and its transmission to younger generations. It will serve as a pilot for similar projects in other locations while promoting the economic revitalization of the heritage sector in the southern Andean region.

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