Fun Topics to Explore Baktar, A Tale from the Andes


Here 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:

  • To the right is a picture of Machu Picchu. There are many more online if you just put it in Google.


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. Where is it grown today? (“Baktar”) Research the coca plant as well as the drug cocaine and the dangers related to its abuse, or the problems with trying to control it’s illegal sale in our country. Was there ever cocaine in Coca Cola? The answer is yes! — read about it 
  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? What do historians say were the main reasons for his success? Do a Google search for How Pizzaro beat the Incasland, after reading the article, see if you can name three factors that might have helped make it possible for a small band of Spanish soldiers to capture the whole Inca Empire, bringing it to an end.
  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?

Map showing territory of the ancient Incas


Two Extras–


Go to the Carlos Emory Museum and click on the area  for 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. 

Incas for Kids–A wonderful educational site! There is a list of many topics on the Incas at the bottom of the page for you to click on.