Nanaimo resident Inge Bolin’s recently published book When Condors Call – a Novel of Peru is available in the local authors section at Chapters Bookstore in the Woodgrove Centre, 6670 Mary Ellen Drive, Nanaimo, and from Amazon.com. Over the past 30 years Bolin has visited and done research in the jungles and highlands of Peru. Be it in peaceful times or the turbulent years of the Shining Path, she has studied indigenous beliefs and practices around health, healing, life, and death. She contacted patients displaying an ancient and devastating disease, leishmaniasis, which is currently on the increase. The fate of these people inspired her to write this novel.
Her ethnographies Rituals of Respect – the Secret of Survival in the high Peruvian Andes and Growing up in a Culture of Respect – Child Rearing in Highland Peru were published by the University of Texas Press. Her many articles deal with various Andean themes. She is a research associate at Vancouver Island University and continues to work with the volunteer organization Yachaq Runa, which she founded at Cuzco in 1992 to deal with Andean mdicine, ntrition, and eology. Part of the royalties from her novel will go to Yachaq Runa to assist high-altitude communities to cope with environmental impacts.