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Chungará (Arica)

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Abstract

LECOQ, Patrice  and  FIDEL, Sergio. SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE SOCIAL AND RITUAL ASPECTS OF A LAMAS CARAVAN, FROM A REVERSED ETHNOARCHAEOLOGICAL APROACH. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.1, pp.27-55. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562019005000503.

In much of the Andes, before the road network connected the rural communities to the big cities, barter trips with the llama caravans were very important for the llama shepherd and his family. They allowed him to acquire the consumption products of other regions necessary for his subsistence, and also to increase his wealth. These trips, which even today (although on a smaller scale) extend from villages to villages and over several ecological zones, express a complex social dynamic and highlight the various strategies that humans use to take full advantage of the environmental diversity that characterizes the Andes. They also testify to ancient historical relations, as shown by the archaeological sites scattered throughout the tracks. However, these journeys are organized around a series of daily actions, often ritualized and highly codified, that can only be partly understood through ethnographic records. These are the data we will present.

Keywords : Bolivia; Potosi; bartering; llama shepherds; ritual garments.

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