The People of Tunupa Volcano

Rich soils line the slopes of Tanupa Volcano in Bolivia. The staple crop is quinoa, a grain increasingly popular in the developed world for its supposed health-giving properties, and the relationship between life and work is clearly and beautifully defined through the physical landscape. Lava pebble courtyard homes are planned to respond to the process of harvesting and preparing the quinoa for market, within the courtyards the residents grow their own crop for consumption. The dry pebble walls of these homes merge into one another and extend into the landscape and up the slopes of the volcano, protecting their extended crop from local animals. Villages are on the lower slopes of the volcano and halfway towards the crater lies a tomb, a cave with pebble graves: here, the wealthy members of the Tanupa community are buried.