Bromeliaceae            Kichwa:  Killtikwi

“This parrot is not from around here.”

Singer: Eulodia Dagua,  June 2009,   translated by Tod Swanson


This parrot

Is not from around here....


You all look at me

As a parrot from far away

I come from humans (runas)

He is not human  (runa) you say

Looking at me


I am not a chicha drinking man....

I am a man who drinks from bromeliads.....


If you all get mad at me

and don’t show me any chicha.....

I say that the rain

in the bromeliads is my chicha

The bromeliad rain water

is my chicha I say


If you all get mad

and do not give me to drink

I am not a man from around here

I came from down river to stay here

Bromeliad parrot man

I am not human (runa)

I am a parrot man

A parrot from down river who stayed here


If you all get angry

I have my drink

If you all get angry

I have my drink


1.  Cai arau tagaya

2.   mana caimandachu

3.  mana caimandachu ya

4.   ñucataga canguna ricuwanguichi yari

5. carumanda araumi

6.   runamanda 

7.  mana runa nishachu.  

8.  Canguna ricuwangui

9.  ñuca mana asuawatas upic runachu aniya

10.  asuwata mana upic chaniya

11.  ñucagaya quilticai upic runama ani

  1. 12. ñucaga piruwanumanda caibi saquirishami

  2. 13. casna tiyarirani ,

14.  ñucagaya mana arauchu araniya

15.  ñucaga asuwatas manaya

16.  cangunalla pinasha , ñucataya, ñucata 

17. mana asuwataga ricuchiwanguichu

18.  asuwata asuwataya

19.  quiltica tamia,

ñuca asuwa nicani

20.  quil tica tamia asuwalla nicani

21. cangunata pinasha mana upichiwaichichu

22.  mana caimandallaya runacharani ñuca gaya

23.  ñucaga piruwanumandami saquirirani

24.  quiltica arau runaga

25. mana runachu arani

26.  arau runami arani

27.  uraimanada araumi caibi saquirirani

28.  cangunallas piñapi

29.  upinata charini

30.  cangunallas pinapi,

31.  upinata charini

32. quillticai ñuca jaya upisha

33.  tucui tutamandalla

34. tagarilla maniya imawata

35. cai arauga quilticai asawayu iyari

36. nishachari niwangui

37. ñuca gaya upisha wayu rirauni .