Aymara, large South American Indian group living on the Altiplano—a vast windy plateau of the central Andes in Peru and Bolivia—with smaller numbers in Argentina and Chile. Their language is also called Aymara.
Where do the Aymara Indians live?
The Aymara are the indigenous (native) people who live in the altiplano (high plains) of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia. Bolivia has the highest proportion of indigenous peoples of any country in South America. It is also the poorest country on the continent.
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The Aymara People The Aymara is a native culture that lives in the Andean highlands, a plateau known as Altiplano. With a population of about 3 million, they are distributed between Bolivia, Southern Peru, and, Northern Chile.
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The Aymara themselves are thought to be one of the earliest peoples in this part of South America, and are believed to have formed from the Tiahuanaco culture that was in the region from 500-200 BC. The Aymara make their home in a place called Altiplano, which is a plateau of high altitude in the Bolivian Andes.
The Aymara population is estimated at between 500,000 and 600,000. The majority live in small towns, villages, and rural communities and are primarily small-scale farmers who may also work elsewhere as day labourers for part of the year.
The majority of the Aymara today are nominally Roman Catholic. In practice their religion is a syncretistic blend of Catholicism and indigenous religion, based on a parallelism, in which supernatural phenomena were classified similarly to natural ones.
The 2007 Census of Peru records just four major languages, although over 72 Indigenous languages and dialects are spoken in the country. Around 84% of Peruvians speak Spanish, the official national language. Even so, over 26% of the population speaks a first language other than Spanish.
Traditionally, the Aymara have lived in areas with harsh climates and bad soil. They grow grass to feed their herds of llamas and alpacas. The Aymara also grow and eat potatoes, corn, beans, wheat, quinoa, and aji, a popular hot pepper. Aymara women often wear rounded hats called bowlers and colorful shawls and skirts.
Aymara clothing includes tunics, long shirt-like pieces of clothing that reach to about the knee; skirts; and ponchos, blanket-like cloaks with a slit in them that serves as a hole through which a person puts their head. The Aymara also use woven cloth to make accessories like belts, sashes, and hats.
Aymara is a language as well as a people: it is a native American language spoken by over a million people in Bolivia and several large communities in Peru, Chile and Argentina. Although it is an official language in Bolivia, it is underrepresented in the public sphere, where Spanish dominates.
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Aymara and Quechua are two quite separate language families, then, and it seems that they are in fact quite unrelated to each other. Altiplano Aymara and Jaqaru/Kawki, on the other hand, certainly do come from the same one original language.