Inka Road Symposium 09 - Inka Roads: Water Use and Handling
This special symposium celebrates the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, with a fascinating look at the material, political, economic, and religious structures that integrated more than one hundred Native nations and millions of people in the powerful Andean Empire known as the Tawantinsuyu. In this segment, Kenneth and Ruth Wright speak on "Inka Raoads: Water Use and Handling." Kenneth R. Wright, a consulting engineer, is the founder of Wright Water Engineers of Denver, Colorado. His company has been involved in paleohydrological research in Perú, Mesa Verde, southern France, Pompeii, Olympia, Thailand, Cambodia, and China. In Perú he and his wife, Ruth, have focused on the hydrology and hydraulics of Machu Picchu, Tipon, Moray, and currently, Ollanytaytambo. Wright has been awarded four honorary degrees from universities in Lima and Cusco, including an honorary doctorate from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Ruth M. Wright is the vice president of Wright Paleohydrological Institute and is active in water resources policy and field research. As a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives, including six years as the House minority leader, she supported the wise use of natural resources. She is a graduate of Marquette University and earned her JD from the University of Colorado Law School. She was awarded honorary professorships in 2008 from Universidad Nacional San Antonio de Abad and in 2009 from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. The symposium was recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 25-26, 2015.