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    Land of winds > Online > Resources | Issue 09 (Mar.-Apr.2012)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Aymara communities of Bolivia

Sikurimarka – Alma Aymara
Peruvian weblog Sikurimarka (in Aymara, "village of sikuris") spreads news about the bands playing sikureadas in both the Aymara region of Peru (department of Puno, at the shores of the Lake Titicaca) and its neighbouring Bolivia. Special mention deserves its music section, which includes media players featuring local groups whose musical work is very little known in other areas. The site also comprises a photographic section and a video channel.

Biblioteca Virtual Aymara
Located at the Universidad Católica Boliviana "San Pablo", this virtual library allows access to over 370 PDF documents, which are available through its general catalogue. These documents are related to the history, culture, language and social reality of the Aymara people.

Aymara Uta
Described as "a language, a culture, a people", Aymara Uta website (in aymara, "the Aymara house") publishes, in weblog format, posts on both Aymara linguistic and the use of this language as a cultural vehicle by the Aymara communities of Chile, Bolivia and Peru. The site includes a good number of cultural and political claims articulated by the Aymara people in these three nations, as well as a well-stocked "Documentos en linea" (online documents) section listing valuable linguistics resources (such as dictionaries, grammar books, essays and computer programs).

Mayachat Aymara
Similar in structure and format to Aymara Uta, Mayachat Aymara (in Aymara, "unified Aymara [language]") provides a worthwhile list of "sitios recomedados" (recommended sites), among which there are interesting web pages with an emphasis on Aymara language and linguistics.

ILCA – Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara
The ILCA (in Spanish, Institute of Aymara Language and Culture) is a non-profit foundation established in 1972 by linguistic Juan de Dios Yapita with the aim to spread Aymara language and culture. The site contains an online Aymara course ("Cyberaymara") plus a "Sitios de interés" (sites of interest, within "Clases y servicios", classes and services). In addition, it offers a number of publications on Aymara language and culture for sale, provides information about the library as well as multimedia products.

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