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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 Mythology:
    Collection of Aymara Indian legends and folktales.

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Valley of the Spirits: A Journey Into the Lost Realm of the Aymara: * Pathways of Memory and Power::
    Two interesting books on the history, spirituality and worldview of the Aymaras.
Mountain of the Condor: Metaphor and Ritual in an Andean Ayllu:
    Book on Aymara myth, religious life, and rituals.
Pachamama Tales:
    Engaging collection of Quechua, Aymara, and other southern Latin American folklore.
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.

Maps of Aymara Lands

Aymara Region: * Map of Quechua and Aymara Areas: * Quechua and Aymara Sub-Groups:
    Maps showing where Aymara people live in Bolivia, Peru and Chile.
Comunidades Aimara:
    Map of Aymara settlements in the Lake Titicaca region.
Tribes and Languages of Peru: * Indigenous People of Peru:
    Maps of Aymara territory in southern Peru.
Tribes of Bolivia: * Bolivian Language Map: * Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia:
    Maps of Aymara territory in Bolivia.

Aymara Lifestyle and Tradition

Aymara Uta: the Aymara People:
    Information and photos about the Aymaras and their traditions.
Aymara Culture:
    Articles on Aymara history, family life, religion, and society.
Aymara Native People * The Aymara Indians * The Aymara People:
    Information and photos about Aymara history and culture.
In Bolivia’s Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Again:
    Article about the enduring significance of Aymara culture in La Paz today.
Book of Days: Willkakuti * Celebrating the Aymara New Year * Willkakuti (Machaq Mara):
    Articles about Aymara New Year's celebrations in Bolivia.
Traditional Aymara Attire * Aguayo * Lluchu:
    Information about Aymara clothing and textiles.
Aymara Society * Aymara Indians:
    Ethnographic facts about the Aymara civilization.
Five Dimensions of Andean Culture:
    Articles comparing Quechua and Aymara culture.
Tiwanaku Civilization * Tiahuanaco * Ancient Agriculture at Tiwanaku:
    Articles and National Geographic videos about the ancient Tiwanaku civilization, ancestors of the Aymaras.
Aymara Uta:
    Extensive information in Spanish about the history, culture, language, and lifestyle of the Aymara people.
Incan Peoples Flag Site: * Indigenous Symbolism of the Wiphala Flag in Bolivia:
    Pictures and descriptions of Quechua and Aymara tribal flags.
Aymara Bread for the Dead: * Carapulcra:
    Aymara food recipes.
Aymara Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Aymara clothes, tools, and other artifacts.

Aymara Religion and Myths

Aymara Religion and Expressive Culture:
    Essay on the religious and ceremonial life of the Aymara people.
Interview with a Yatiri Healer: * Mystical World of the Yatiris * Nomadic Medicine Men of Bolivia:
    Articles about traditional Aymara healers known as yatiri or kallawayas.
The History and Cultural Significance of Machaq Mara:
    The historical and spiritual background behind the Aymara winter solstice ceremony.
Aymara Mythology:
    Collection of Aymara Indian legends and folktales.
Deviant Religion and Cultural Evolution: The Aymara Case:
    Anthropological article on divergent religious practices among the Aymara Indians.

Aymara Arts and Literature

Arte Aymara:
    Photographs of Aymara art forms including pottery, weaving and music. Text in Spanish.
Aymara Music Podcast:
    Blog with photographs and audio files of traditional Aymara music and dance.
Lake Titicaca Folk Songs:
    Video of Peruvian Aymara women singing traditional folk music in Aymara and Quechua.
Aymara Music: Native and Mestizo * Siku, the Andean Panpipe: * Aymara Sikuri: * Baile Aymara:
    Danza Aymara * Aymara Music and Dance:
    Descriptions and videos of traditional Aymara musical instruments, song and dance styles.
American Indian Art:
    Information, photographs and links about Aymara and other native art.

Aymara Politics, Issues, and News

Indigenous Rights: The Aymara:
    Overview of the history and political situation of the Aymara tribe.
Indigenous Peoples Under Attack: * Post-Coup Campaign of Terror: * Rallying around the Wiphala:
    News articles about anti-indigenous aggression targeting the Aymara people in Bolivia.
Aymara torn over Evo Morales: * Bolivia's Tarnished Savior: * The Rise and Fall of Evo Morales:
    Articles about Aymara leader Evo Morales, the first indigenous president of Bolivia.
Rosa Palomino: Wiñay Pankara:
    Interview with Aymara cultural activist and radio host Rosa Palomino.
Our Language is Our Soul: * Bolivians equip ancient language for digital times:
    Articles about Aymara language preservation in South America.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Aymara People * Aymara Ethnic Group:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Aymara Indians.
   Andean Community:
   Information and links on the indigenous culture of the Andes.
   La Cultura Aymara * Pueblo Aymara * El Grupo Aymara * Aymara Uta * Cultura Aimara:
   Los Aimaraes * Aimaras * Los Aymara: * Etnia Aymara: * Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara:
   Information about the Aymaras in Spanish.
   Aymara Resources * Aymaras:
   Aymara links.

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