Our Goal

The goal of Portal to Peru is to inform and educate the public about the work of the women and men from the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco.  Through exploring this site, visitors will learn about Andean weaving and the people who create and share this valuable form of intangible heritage.

Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Peru


The CTTC is a non-profit organization that promotes the empowerment of weavers through the sustainable practice of Peruvian ancestral textiles in the Cusco region. Through workshops, opportunities, and the promotion of their textile art, the CTTC enables weavers to maintain their identity and textile traditions while improving their quality of life.

Our team

Natalie Underberg-Goode


Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode is Interim Director and Associate Professor in the Department of Games and Interactive Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Nicholson School of Communication and Media. She is also core faculty in the Texts & Technology Ph.D. program and affiliate faculty in Latin American Studies.  Her research examines the use of digital media to preserve and disseminate folklore and cultural heritage, with a focus on digital storytelling and participatory new media design and practice.  

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Norma Ledesma

language consultant

Prof. Norma Ledesma is Instructor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  She holds an M.A. in Hispanic-American and Peninsular Literature from UCF.  Prof. Ledesma is a native speaker of Quechua, and is language and cultural consultant on the Portal to Peru project.

Ariel Helin

Back-end developer

Ms. Ariel Helin is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida, possessing a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Web Design from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design. Her specialty is in interactive storytelling, with a focus on user experience and user centered design. 

Sherryl Ptallah

Front-End designer

Ms. Sherryl Ptallah graduated from Moi University in Kenya with her B.S. in Informatics. She is currently an M.A. student in Digital Media where she focuses her research and creative work on cultural heritage and the creation of interactive narratives for indigenous communities. She seeks to document and create interactive narratives that link our past and future to preserve the culture of indigenous communities.


This project is supported by a Department of Education grant received by the UCF Latin America Studies program entitled “Believing in Cultural Diversity,” and is a project of the UCF Digital Ethnography Lab.

Thank you.

Contact us

Phone: 1 407 823 1140
Email: portaltoperu@gmail.com