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A Cemetery Warrior from the Nazca tribe attacked Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams at Chauchilla Cemetery in 1957 when they were searching for Orellana's grave.


At night, members (or descendants) of the Nazca tribe protected the Chauchilla Cemetery in Nazca, Peru, where famed Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana had been interred with the Crystal Skull of Akator. By protocol, the guards would always patrol the cemetery during the night and sleep during daytime.[2] Their intent was protecting the long-lost secrets of the Temple of Akator at all costs, arming themselves with poison darts to make any intrudents permanent residents.[3]

In 1957, a warrior was one of the two guards at the cemetery who moved to fend off Indiana Jones and Mutt Williams as they sought out Orellana's grave. During the fight, the warrior attempted to sneak up on Williams with a blowgun loaded with a deadly poison dart but Jones caught him by surprise and blew the projectile back into the warrior's throat from the other side, killing him. His partner was more fortunate and simply got chased away by Jones upon seeing his pistol.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Cemetery Warrior was portrayed by Ernie Reyes, Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.[1]

In the comic book adaptation by Dark Horse Comics, the two warriors are driven over a cliff by Indiana Jones with his bullwhip, likely falling to their deaths.[4]

Both the Cemetery Warrior action figure packaging and the Cemetery Warrior card of Top Trumps Specials: Indiana Jones erroneously claim that there were three warriors present when Jones and Mutt arrived at the Chauchilla Cemetery.[5][3] The character is also included in the 2009 sets of the LEGO Indiana Jones franchise.[6] In LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, the Cemetery Warrior attacks with more than one partner.[7]



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