Peru & the Amazon Expedition:
Meet Our Experts
Delve into Peruvian culture with ethnomusicologist Holly Wissler, who specializes in the musical rituals of Peru’s Q’eros and Wachiperi indigenous groups. Based in Cusco, Holly works with these indigenous communities to preserve their culture and traditions, and is a guest lecturer for National Geographic and a number of U.S. university study abroad programs. She has produced documentaries about the largest pilgrimage festival in the Peruvian Andes and the Q’eros’ musical rituals, and presented a small group of Wachiperi representatives at the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Holly is fluent in Spanish and Quechua, the main indigenous language spoken in the Andes, as well as Peruvian Sign Language. She is the Peru Director of the Center for World Music, a classical flutist, and plays a number of traditional Andean instruments as well. Holly will join the Peru high school expedition.