The supernatural protector of the vicuñas in the Quechua folklore of the Puna de Atacama. Coquena is a little man, dressed in white, who drives large herds of vicuña at night. He punishes those who wantonly kill these animals.
A vicuña is a ruminant mammal belonging to the camel family and closely related to the llama. It is native to the Andes.
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