The Quichua or Quechua are a cluster of indigenous peoples who are direct descendants of Incas. Before the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century, the Incas ruled an empire from Columbia to Chile. They are perhaps the largest indigenous people in the Americas. The common thread among the Quichua is their use of the Quechua language. Some dialects are mutually unintelligible.
During the days of the Incan Empire, the ancestors of the Quichua built excellent roads and buildings. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Quichua had their land taken from them. The Spanish used the land to form large estates. Indigenous people became virtual slaves. Old World diseases brought by the Spaniards killed hundreds of thousands of Quichua.
In recent years, some of the South American governments have tried to return some the land to the Quichua peoples.
The Canari Highland Quichua live in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. A complete Bible became available in Canari Highland Quichua in 2010.
The first potato harvests came from the Quichua hundreds of years before the coming of the Spanish. The Quichua peoples are farmers who grow potatoes as a staple food. They also grow peanuts, yuccas, sweet potatoes, maize, coriander, beans, barley and chili peppers. Those who live at high elevation are more likely to be livestock herders. They herd and eat llamas, sheep and goats. Quichua women make colorful clothing, artwork and mats that they sell to get money.
Unfortunately, most Quichua in Ecuador live poverty today. Many young Quichua people are moving to Spanish speaking cities looking for a better life.
Though the Canari Highland Quichua people are officially Roman Catholic, they blend this with their ancient religions. Old gods are given the names of Catholic saints. They have a procession featuring a statue of the Virgin Mary followed by a mass. Mary is joined to the ancient Earth Mother goddess. The parade features sacrificed animals, alcohol and cigarettes for the ancient gods. Drunkenness is sadly a big part of these festivals. Mountain spirits called Apus, are part of the syncretic belief system of the Quichua.
A small fraction of Canari Highland Quichua have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
The Canari Highland Quichua people need to understand the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. They need to take God at his word and abandon all remnants of false religions. The Quichua need to see Biblical Christianity shown to them in practical ways.
Pray for the Lord to move among the Quichua Canari Highland people of Ecuador giving them a desire for the purity and forgiveness of Christ.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out loving workers to the unreached Quichua peoples throughout South America.
Pray for the Quichua to be convicted of sin and drawn to God’s righteousness in Christ.
Ask the Lord to raise up Quichua pastors who can lead and teach their people.
Scripture Prayers for the Quichua, Canar Highland in Ecuador.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Quichua, Canar Highland|
|People Name in Country||Quichua, Canar Highland|
|Natural Name||Canar Highland Quichua|
|Alternate Names||Canari; Canari Highland Quichua; Highland; Quichua|
|Population this Country||172,000|
|Population all Countries||172,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|ROP25 Name||Quechua / Quichua|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Azuay, Cañar, and Chimborazo provinces; Morona-Santiago province: Morona canton. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Quichua, Canar Highland (172,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||qxr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Quichua, Canar Highland
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1996)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Quichua, Canar Highland||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Quichua, Canar Highland||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Quichua, Canar Highland||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Quichua, Canar Highland||Literacy & Evangelism International|