ANDES - PATAGONIA
The Andean region is the World´s longest and second highest mountain range, reaching almost 7,000 m in the Aconcagua peak. Along its 7,000 kms, the Andes encompasses part of the following countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Equator, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentine. Like the High Asia region, the Andes also include high plateaus, mainly in Bolivia, and lakes, like Titicaca, as well as unique pastoral systems, like that represented by camelids: vicuña, guanaco, llama and alpaca. It is the homeland of particular indigenous communities, like Qechua, Aymara, Uru, Atacama, etc.
Patagonia is a sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, shared by Chile and Argentina that comprises the southern section of the Andes Mountains and the deserts, pampas, and grasslands to the east.
YURTA Association has carried our fieldwork in the Bolivian Amazonian area, in the Patagonia region and Tierra de Fuego during 2000 in the following location and with the following communities:
- Chimoré river (Bolivia): Yuqui
- Esquel (Argentine): Tehuelche-Mapuche
- Navarino island (Chile) and Ushuaia (Argentine): Yaghan
- Punta Arenas (Chile): Kaweshqar
- Tierra de Fuego: Selk´nam
YURTA Association has also proposed a permanent partnership between:
- World Yak Herders Association
- Asociación Mundial de Pastores de Camélidos Sudamericanos en la Región Alto Andina
Photo gallery (copyright Santiago Carralero)