I was walking down the chic street of Lastarriat in Santiago Chile where many artists and sellers perform. I heard this man singing and I stopped in my tracks I had no idea what he was singing or what language, but I had to stop it was so beautiful and raw, at last he told me and went on with his performance and I graciously stepped out of his way. That day I fell in love with Quechua language.
Quechua /ˈkɛtʃwə/, also known as runa simi (“people’s language”), is an indigenous language family, with variations spoken by the Quechua peoples, primarily living in the Andes and highlands of South America. Derived from a common ancestral language, it is the most widely spoken language family of indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a total of probably some 8–10 million speakers.Approximately 13% of Peruvians speak Quechua.[better source needed] It is perhaps most widely known for being the main language of the Inca Empire, and was disseminated by the colonizers throughout their reign.