Curation and digitalization of the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara archive

The ILCA archives contain unique interrelated materials on Aymara language and culture. Collaborating anthropologists have collected and stored rare pamphlets and newspapers, combined with fieldwork notebooks and transcriptions. Additional audiovisual materials by monolingual speakers document oral traditions, childbirth, weaving, and ritual / everyday life.

The Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara’s archive on the Aymara language and culture from the mid twentieth century to the present was collected in Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Materials include early pamphlets and newspapers, fieldwork recordings including speech and songs, fieldwork notes and transcriptions, documentation on Aymara regional variants, and teaching materials, some concerning intercultural bilingual education in Bolivia and elsewhere. Digital capture would make these available to other scholars, especially local speakers, when the Aymara language is becoming increasingly moribund.

Project Details


Location: Bolivia, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA) Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $49,990.00 Commencement Date: 11/2021 Project Status: Active
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