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Quichua

QUICHUA, a South American Indian tribe and stock, the ruling people of Peru when the Spaniards arrived. The Quichuan slock Ihen included Ihe Quichuas proper and the many vassal iribes of the ancienl empire of Peru. To-day il numbers some Ihree millions. The modern Quichuas average a height of 5 ft. lo 5 ft. 6 in. They are of slender build, but with well proportioned muscular limbs, and are capable of enduring great faligue. Their complexions are of a fresh olive colour, the skin very smoolh and sofl, beardless, hair slraighl and black, the nose aquiline. They are skilful farmers and herdsmen. (See PERU.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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