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Andean Culture Area

This is an index to the Native American language and cultural information on our website pertaining to Andean Indian tribes. Some pages contain more information than others. If you belong to an indigenous nation of South America that is not currently listed on this page and you would like to see it here, please contact us about contributing information to our site.

Tribes of the Andean Culture Group

The Achuagua Tribe The Amarizana Tribe The Arhuaco Tribe The Awa Tribe The Aymara Tribe
The Bari Tribe The Bora Tribe The Cabiyari Tribe The Camsa Tribe The Carijona Tribe
The Carutana Tribe The Catio Tribe The Cayapa Tribe The Chibcha Tribe The Chimila Tribe
The Coconuco Tribe The Cofan Tribe The Curripaco Tribe The Guambiano Tribe The Japreria Tribe
The Kogui Tribe The Kuna Tribe The Maipure Tribe The Muinane Tribe The Ocaina Tribe
The Orejon Tribe The Muellama Tribe The Paez Tribe The Piapoco Tribe The Quechua/Inca Tribe
The Resigaro Tribe The Secoya Tribe The Tariano Tribe The Telembi Tribe The Ticuna Tribe
The Tiwanaku Tribe The Totoro Tribe The Tsafiki Tribe The Tunebo Tribe The Uros Tribe
The Wiwa Tribe The Witoto Tribe The Yagua Tribe The Yucuna Tribe The Yukpa Tribe

Recommended books about Native American tribes of the Andes:

*The Languages of the Andes:
    Great overview of the Native American language families of the Andean region.
*Creating Context in Andean Cultures:
    Anthropological linguistics text on the languages and world-views of Andean Indian tribes.
*'Tambo: Life in an Andean Village:
    Memoirs of an artist's experiences in a rural Andean community.
*Andean Archaeology:
    Pre-columbian history of the Indian civilizations of the Andes.
*Andean Art, Landscape, and Society:
    Anthropology book on the artistic and material culture of the Andean tribes.
*Andean Archaeology, North and South:
    Anthropology book on regional differences within the Andean culture area.
*Andean Worlds:
    History of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire and its effects on Andean Indians to the present day.
*Andean Awakening: An Inca Guide to Mystical Peru:
    Book exploring ancient Andean spiritual traditions.
*The Andean Codex: Adventures and Initiations Among the Peruvian Shamans:
    Another book on shamanism in the Peruvian Andes.
*The Inca Empire and Its Andean Origins:
    Historical overview of the Nazca, Chinchorro, and other ancestors of the Incas.
*Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals:
    Book on the weaving and culture of the Quechua and other Andean peoples.
*Signs of the Inka Khipu: Binary Coding in the Andean Knotted-String Records:
    Book on the decipherment of Incan quipu weavings.
Chavin and the Origin of Andean Civilization * Tiwanaku:
    Two good books on prehistoric Andean societies.

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Other resources about American Indian history and civilization in the Andean mountain range:

Five Dimensions of Andean Culture:
    Articles on Quechua, Aymara, and other Andean Indian cultures.
Language Map of the Andes (in Spanish) * Indigenous Languages of Peru:
    Language maps of the Andean region.
Andean Peoples:
    Encyclopedia articles on the Indian tribes of the Andes.
Andean Textiles in Historical Perspective:
    Information and photographs on Andean Indian clothing and textile arts.
Cultures of the Andes:
    Photo gallery and traditional music of Andean Indian people.
Flute Music of the Andes * Traditional Andean Folk Songs * Andean Legacy:
    Three good collections of Quechua, Aymara, and other indigenous Andean music.



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