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The Ch'unchu (Quechua for native of the forest (Amazon Rainforest) / a certain folk dance / barbarian)[1][2][3] are an indigenous ethnic group in South America. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Ch'unchu lived in the forests east of Cusco, in central Peru. They dwelled in communal houses and lived chiefly by hunting.

Ch'unchu has also been used to describe one of three aboriginal stocks of Peru, the others being Quichua and Aymara.

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  1. ^ Guillermo Salas Carreño, "Acerca de la antigua importancia de las comparsas de wayri ch'unchu y su contemporánea marginalidad en la peregrinación de Quyllurit'i" (On the ancient importance of wayri ch'unchu dancers and their contemporary marginality in Quyllurit'i pilgrimage), ANTHROPOLOGICA/AÑO XXVIII, No. 28, diciembre de 2010, p. 75 (in Spanish, abstract in English)
  2. ^ Diccionario Quechua - Español - Quechua, Academía Mayor de la Lengua Quechua, Gobierno Regional Cusco, Cusco 2005 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)
  3. ^ Teofilo Laime Ajacopa, Diccionario Bilingüe Iskay simipi yuyayk'ancha, La Paz, 2007 (Quechua-Spanish dictionary)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Chuncho". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.