A Peruvian Porter was an indigenous Quechuan, one of a group that accompanied American archaeologist Indiana Jones on his expedition to find the Chachapoyan Fertility Idol in 1936 in Peru, South America.
Search for the Idol
The Peruvian Porter was an indigenous Quechuan and spoke fluently that language. In 1936, he was hired along with four other porters and natives Satipo and Barranca to assist American archaeologist Indiana Jones as he sought out the Temple of the Chachapoyan Warriors, which was said to be resting place of a legendary golden idol.
When they came into sight of Mount Shubet, the porter assisted Barranca in tying two mules to a tree, before taking the lead of the group and pressing forwards. However, after clearing away some brush around an eight-foot tall Chachapoyan statue, the porter was scared away by the demonic idol, and the nesting animals that flew out of it chased him away deeper into the jungle.
Behind the scenes
The Peruvian Porter was portrayed by the credited actor and stuntman Ted Grossman in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Grossman later went on to portray the Deputy Sheriff in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.