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Aymara Indian Culture and History

As a complement to our Aymara language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Aymara tribe and their society.

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Please note that Aymaras and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Aymara history is interesting and important, but the Aymara Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the life and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Aymara Websites

Aymara Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Aymara Indian language.
Aymara Facts for Kids:
    Questions and answers about Aymara culture.
Aymara Legends:
    Collection of Aymara Indian legends and folktales.

Books for sale on the Aymaras

Valley of the Spirits: A Journey Into the Lost Realm of the Aymara:
    Archaeology book on the Aymaras and their ancestors.
Mountain of the Condor: Metaphor and Ritual in an Andean Ayllu:
    Book on Aymara myth, religious life, and rituals.
Pathways of Memory and Power: Ethnography and History among an Andean People:
    Anthropology book about Bolivian Aymara lifeways and worldview.
Aymaras and Quechuas: Indians of the Andes:
    Detailed history of the Quechua and Aymara people.
The Aymara of South America:
    Illustrated book for kids about the Aymara Indians.
The Aymará: Strategies in Human Adaptation to a Rigorous Environment:
    Anthropology text on the Aymara tribe.
Aymara Weavings:
    Book on the colorful textile arts of the Aymara Indians.
Catechizing Culture: Missionaries, Aymara, and the New Evangelization:
    Interesting book on the hybridization of Catholic and indigenous religious traditions in Bolivia.
Good Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Aymaras and American Indians in general.

Aymara Lifestyle and Tradition

The Aymara Indians:
    Information on Aymara history and culture including several photos and a historical map.
A brief on the Language, History, Culture and Religion of the Aymara people:
    Essay on the Aymaras and their traditions from Aymara Uta (translated from the original Spanish.)
Aymara Society:
    Ethnographic essay on the Aymara people.
Aymara Culture:
    Several articles on Aymara history, family life, religion, and society.
Traditional Aymara Attire * Aguayo * Lluchu:
    Information about Aymara clothing and textiles.
Five Dimensions of Andean Culture:
    Articles comparing Quechua and Aymara culture.
Tiwanaku Culture * Tiahuanaco * Ancient Agriculture at Tiwanaku:
    Articles and National Geographic videos about the ancient Tiwanaku civilization, ancestors of the Aymaras.
Aymara Uta:
    Extensive information about the history, culture, language, and lifestyle of the Aymara people. Spanish-only.
Incan Peoples Flag Site:
    Pictures and descriptions of Quechua and Aymara tribal flags.

Aymara Religion and Myths

Aymara Religion and Expressive Culture:
    Essay on the religious and ceremonial life of the Aymara people.
Kallawayas: The Nomadic Medicine Men of Bolivia:
    Article on the Aymara kallawaya tradition.
Deviant Religion and Cultural Evolution: The Aymara Case:
    Anthropological article on divergent religious practices among the Aymara Indians.

Aymara Arts and Literature

Aymara Art:
    Photographs and descriptions of Aymara art forms including pottery, weaving and music.
Aymara Music Podcast:
    Blog with photographs and audio files of traditional Aymara music and dance.
Aymara Music: Native and Mestizo:
    Descriptions of traditional Aymara musical instruments, song and dance styles.
American Indian Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Aymara and other native art.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Aymara People * Aymara Ethnic Group:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Aymara Indians.
   La Cultura Aymara * El Grupo Aymara * Aymara Uta * Aimaras * Los Aymara * Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara:
   Information about the Aymaras in Spanish.
   Aymaras:
   Aymara links.



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