Fun Topics to Explore 

Baktar, A Tale from the AndesHere are some interesting and fun links to follow on various things related to the book. Reasearch topics are listed at the bottom along with a map and then additional links  if you’d like to explore even more.

Ninth king of the Incas Pachacuti with a quipu



The drawing on the left is King Pachacuti with a quipu. It was drawn by an actual Inca artist, Guaman Poma, who was born about 20 years after the time of the Spanish conquest (in 1533 AD). This drawing is from a book he wrote and illustrated about the Inca people.



 Baktar, a Royal Black Tarquoia

Machu Picchu


 Machu Picchu→

Two great ways to see Machu Picchu:


quipu--used by ancient Incas for keeping records





Learn more about the quipu

(spelled “Khipu” on the following site)–

Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University



Rebecca White with the original Tar


From Rebecca’s scrapbook

Topics to Explore About the Inca people

Note: The chapter in Baktar, A Tale From the Andes, which most closely relates to the topic is given in parentheses.

  1. Ball games among early American native populations were fairly common and sometimes deadly (“Incident on a Quipu”). Find out more about them — how and when were they played? Were they played by North American natives, too?
  2. Coca – the plant. Visit the online Coca Museum to learn all about the coca plant. Where is it grown today? Also–Was there ever cocaine in Coca Cola? The answer is yes! — read about it here:
  3. Pachacuti’s father changed his name to Viracocha and claimed that the god had revealed himself to him (“Incident on a Quipu”). In many ancient cultures, taking the name of a god was not being arrogant and grandiose, but rather a sign of honoring the god. Can you find evidence for that among the names of ancient Egyptian pharaohs? “El” is the Hebrew word for “god.” Can you find the word “el” in any of the prophets’ names in the Old Testament? Check out this list from the Old Testament. Go down until you get to “el–” and see how many names there are using that name for God. Read the meanings and you’ll see that “God” is in them all.
  4. Pizarro led a relatively small band of Spanish conquistadors against the huge Inca Empire and won. How did he do it? Read about what happened here and click on any videos at the bottom of the page that look interesting. Some of the facts may surprise you. 
  5.  Some of the gold and silver of the Inca empire is described in the chapter “Earth Upside Down.” When the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire under Pizarro, Atahualpa, the Inca king at that time, tried to buy his way out of trouble. What did the Spanish make him do and were they faithful to their agreement?
  6. Might there still be Inca gold and silver hidden in the Andes Mountains? For a fun tale, read this:
  7. Find out all you can about Pharaoh Akhenaton of Egypt. Compare his religious conversion to what you’ve learned about Pachacuti.
  8. If a king converts from one pagan religion to another pagan religion, but his new religion is a little closer to the real truth (as in Pachacuti’s case), do you think this matters in any way? Would it matter to God? What are your thoughts? You might interview your pastor on this subject and see what he thinks.

Map showing territory of the ancient Incas


…and more LINKS

There are a gazillion links to wonderful sites on the Incas, both past and present day, and it’s hard to narrow it down to just these few. These are some of my own favorites but consider them as just a taste of what’s out there.

  1. www.andes.orgYou can hear Quechua spoken and sung on this site! Click on <Pronunciation> to listen to native speakers say certain words, or go to <Songs in Quechua> to hear native singing. This site offers a large variety of cultural information from the basics of the language (learn to count to ten in Quechua), crafts, music, jokes, and much more, all from the descendants of the ancient Incas.
  2. www.culturefocus.comFrom the pyramids in Egypt to Machu Picchu in Peru, this is a great site for more than just the Incas.
  3. Go the area  on the Ancient Americas if you’re looking for the Incas. This Internet site is incredibly rich and fun to explore. There’s more here than just information on the Americas, however, and you may also enjoy exploring the areas on ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Asia, and Africa, all with lots of animation and interactive topics.
  4. Incas for KidsA wonderful educational site! There is a list of many topics on the Incas at the bottom of the page for you to click on.
  5.–You can follow the Inca Trail and see pictures of the entire trek ending in Machu Picchu, plus much more.

    Houses were built around open courtyard – sometimes 10 houses around 1 courtyard. There were ven some two-story building/homes, probably reached by a rope ladder.

  6. site gives a virtual tour of the Inca Trail from the city of Cusco to Machu Picchu. The photos here are amazing.

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