Thread of water, thread of life, people say the wik’uñas are born where the springs are born.
Fiber of prayer, to weave is to pray.
Spun gold, riches and fertility.
“The earth receives love when it is offered food and drink wrapped in cloth made from wik’uña, for the wik’uña is the animal of the earth.”
BERNABE CONDORY and ROSALIND GOW
Vicuña, Cecilia. “Thread of Water.” Unravelling Words & the Weaving of Water. Ed. Eliot Weinberger. Trans. Eliot Weinberger and Suzanne Jill Levine. Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 1992. p. 89.